Having finished his speech, he was highly commended by the consul, who led him from the assembly into the senate- house, where, by order of the senate, he again received public thanks;
and the military tribunes, in consideration of his meritorious behaviour, made him first centurion in the first legion. The rest of the centurions, dropping the appeal, submissively answered to their names in the levy.
That the magistrates might the sooner go into their provinces, the Latin festival was celebrated on the calends of June; and as soon as that solemnity was ended, Caius Lucretius, the praetor, after sending forward every thing requisite for the fleet, went to Brundusium.
Besides the armies which the consuls were forming, Caius Sulpicius Galba, the praetor, was commissioned to raise four city legions, with the regular number of foot and horse, and to choose out of the senate four military tribunes to command them;
likewise, to require from the Latin allies fifteen thousand foot, with twelve hundred horse; that this army should be prepared to act wherever the senate should order.
At the desire of the consul, Publius Licinius, the following auxiliaries were ordered to join the army of citizens and allies under his command: two thousand Ligurians; a body of Cretan archers (whose number was not specified, the order only mentioning whatever succours the Cretans, on being applied to, should send); likewise the Numidian cavalry and elephants.
To settle concerning these last, ambassadors were sent to Masinissa and the Carthaginians, — Lucius Postumius Albinus, Quintus Terentius Culleo, and Caius Aburius: also, to Crete, —Aulus Postumius Albinus, Caius Decimius, and Aulus Licinius Nerva.