The consuls, who had won a brilliant1
victory, at once marched away to lay siege
to Bovianum, where they remained in winter quarters, until the new consuls, Lucius Papirius Cursor (for the fifth time) and Gaius Junius Bubulcus (for the second) appointed Gaius Poetelius dictator, who, with Marcus Folius as master of horse, took over the command.
Poetelius, hearing that the citadel of Fregellae was captured by the Samnites, raised the siege of Bovianum and proceeded to Fregellae. having got possession of the place without a struggle —for the Samnites fled from it in the night —he installed a strong garrison there, and leaving Fregellae, marched back into Campania, for the purpose, chiefly, of winning back Nola by force of [p. 273]
within its walls, as the dictator drew near,2
the whole Samnite population and the Nolani of the country —side had taken refuge.
after examining the position of the city, the dictator, in order to open up approaches to the walls, caused all the buildings round them —and the tract was densely inhabited —to be burnt. not very long after this Nola was captured, whether by Poetelius the dictator or the consul Gaius Junius —for the story is told both ways.
those who ascribe the honour of capturing Nola to the consul, add that Atina and Calatia were won by the same man, but that Poetelius was made dictator on the outbreak of a pestilence, that lie might drive the nail.3
colonies were planted in that same year at Suessa and Pontiae. Suessa had belonged to the Aurunci; Volscians had inhabited Pontiae, an island which lay within sight of their own coast.
The senate also passed a resolution that a colony be sent out to Interamna Sucasina,4
but it was left for the next consuls, Marcus Valerius and Publius Decius, to appoint the three commissioners and send out four thousand settlers.