Marcus Polius Flaccina and Lucius Plautius1
Venox were the next consuls. in that year came ambassadors from many Samnite states to seek a renewal of the treaty.
prostrating themselves before the senate, they aroused the pity of that order, but on being referred to the people found their prayers by no means so efficacious.
accordingly they were refused the treaty, but after some days spent in importuning individual citizens, they [p. 243]
succeeded in obtaining a two years' truce.
likewise, the Teanenses and Canusini, exhausted by the devastation of their lands, gave hostages to Lucius Plautius the consul and made submission.
in the same year praefects began to be elected and sent out to Capua, after Lucius Furius, the praetor, had given them laws —both
steps being taken at the instance of the Capuans themselves, as a remedy for the distress occasioned by internal discord. at Rome two tribes were added, the Ufentina and the Falerna.3
when affairs had once taken a tum in Apulia, the Apulian Teates4
also came to the new consuls, Gaius Junius Bubulcus and Quintus Aemilius Barbula, to sue for a treaty, engaging to insure the Roman People peace throughout
Apulia. by this bold pledge they prevailed so far as to obtain a treaty —not, however, on equal terms, but such as made them subject to the
Romans. after Apulia had been thoroughly subdued —for Forentum, a strong town, had also fallen into the hands of Junius —the campaign was extended to the Lucanians, from whom, on the sudden arrival of Aemilius the consul, Nerulum was taken by
assault. and once it had been noised abroad amongst the allies how the affairs of Capua were firmly established by Roman discipline, the Antiates, too, complained that they were living without fixed statutes and without magistrates, and the senate designated the colony's own patrons to draw up laws for it.5
not Roman arms alone but also Roman law began to exert a widespread influence.