He set out for Sicily on thirty war-ships after embarking some seven thousand volunteers.
And Publius Licinius came to the two consular armies in the land of the Bruttians. Of these he took the army which Lucius Veturius had commanded as consul.
He allowed Metellus to command the same legions which he had previously commanded, for he thought Metellus would more easily carry on the war with men accustomed to his authority. The praetors also set out in different directions to their provinces.
And because there was a lack of money for the war the quaestors were ordered to sell a region of Campania extending from the Fossa Graeca1
to the sea, it being permitted also to give information as to any land which had belonged to a Campanian citizen, so that it might become public land of the Roman people.
For the informant one-tenth of the price of the land [p. 197]
reported was established as a reward.
Gnaeus Servilius, the city praetor, was assigned the task of seeing to it that Campanian citizens should dwell only where in accordance with a decree of the senate it was permitted them severally to dwell, and of punishing those who were dwelling elsewhere.
In the same summer Mago the son of Hamilcar embarked upon his fleet picked young men from the smaller of the Balearic Islands, where he had wintered, and brought across to Italy on some thirty war-ships and many transports twelve thousand infantry and about two thousand cavalry.
Upon his sudden arrival he also captured Genua,3
since no forces were guarding the sea-coast. Then he put in with his fleet to the coast belonging to the Alpine4
Ligurians, in the hope of causing some uprising there.
a Ligurian tribe, were at that time carrying on a war with the Epanterii Montani.
Accordingly the Carthaginian, depositing his plunder at Savo,6
a town at the foot of the Alps, and leaving ten war-ships at anchor to protect it, sent the rest to Carthage to defend the sea-coast, because there was a report that Scipio would cross over.
Mago himself made an alliance with the Ingauni, whose friendship he preferred, and set about attacking the Montani. And his army was daily increasing because the Gauls [p. 199]
on hearing his name flocked together from all sides.7
This fact, when it was made known to the senators through a letter of Spurius Lucretius,8
kindled great anxiety among them, for fear they had rejoiced in vain two years before over the destruction of Hasdrubal and his army, if another equally serious war with only a change of commander should break out from that quarter.
So they ordered Marcus Livius, the proconsul, to bring his army of slave-volunteers from Etruria to Ariminum. Also they assigned to Gnaeus Servilius, the praetor, if he thought it to the advantage of the state, the duty of appointing at his discretion a commander for the two city legions and ordering them to be brought up from the city. Marcus Valerius Laevinus brought these legions to Arretium.
Just at that time about eighty Carthaginian transports were captured off Sardinia by Gnaeus Octavius, who was in command of that province. Coelius states that they were laden with grain sent to Hannibal and with provisions, Valerius9
that they were captured while carrying Etruscan booty and captive Ligurians and Montani to Carthage. In the land of the Bruttians virtually nothing notable was done that year.
An epidemic, equally disastrous to both, had attacked Romans and Carthaginians, with this difference that in addition to disease hunger also weakened the Carthaginian army.
Hannibal spent the summer near the temple of Juno Lacinia,10
and there he erected an altar and dedicated it together with a great record of his achievements in a Punic and Greek inscription.