When Lucius Postumius Albinus and Marcus Popilius Laenas brought before the senate first of all the distribution of the provinces, Liguria was assigned the joint province of both, with directions that they should enlist new legions, by which they would hold that province (two were decreed to each); and also ten thousand foot and six hundred horse of the Latin confederates;
and as a supplement to the army in Spain, three thousand Roman foot and two hundred horse.
One thousand five hundred Roman foot and one hundred horse wore ordered to be raised; with which the praetor, to whose lot Sardinia might fall, should cross over to Corsica, and carry on the war there;
and it was further ordered, that in the mean time the former praetor, Marcus Atilius, should obtain the province of Sardinia. The praetors then cast lots for their provinces.
Aulus Atilius Serranus obtained the city jurisdiction; Caius Cluvius Saxula, that between natives and foreigners; Numerius Fabius Buteo, Hither Spain; Mar- [p. 1959]
cus Matienus, Farther Spain; Marcus Furius Crassipes, Sicily; and Caius Cicereius, Sardinia.
The senate resolved that, before the magistrates went abroad, Lucius Postumius should go into Campania, to fix the bounds between the lands which were private property and those which belonged to the public; for it was understood that individuals, by gradually extending their bounds, had taken possession of a very considerable share of the common lands.
He, being enraged with the people of Praeneste because, when he had gone thither as a private individual to offer sacrifice in the temple of Fortune, no honour had been paid him, either in public or private, by the people of Praeneste, before he set out from Rome, sent a letter to Praeneste, ordering the chief magistrate to meet him, and to provide him lodging at the public expense; and that, at his departure, cattle should be ready to carry his baggage. No consul before him ever put the allies to any trouble or expense whatever.
Magistrates were furnished with mules, tents, and every other requisite for a campaign, in order that they might not make any such demands.
They had private lodgings, in which they behaved with courtesy and kindness, and their houses at Rome were always open to their hosts with whom they used to lodge.
Ambassadors indeed sent to any place, on a sudden emergency, demanded each a single horse in the several towns through which their journey lay; but the allies never contributed any other portion of the expense of the Roman magistrates.
The resentment of the consul, which, even if well founded, ought not to have been exerted during his office, and the
too modest or too timid acquiescence of the Praenestines, gave to the magistrates, as if by an approved precedent, the privilege of imposing orders of this sort, which grew more burdensome daily.