The Roman Games were celebrated that1
year in the circus and theatre2
by the curule aediles Publius Cornelius Scipio and Gnaeus Manlius Volso. They were celebrated with greater splendour than at any other time, and were also viewed with greater joy because of the successes in war, and were thrice repeated entire.
The Plebeian Games were repeated seven times; Manius Acilius Glabrio and Gaius Laelius presided over these games,
and out of the money received as fines3
they erected three bronze statues of Ceres and Liber and Libera.
Lucius Furius and Marcus Claudius Marcellus were -4
duly inaugurated as consuls, and when the question of the provinces was brought up and the senate was for decreeing Italy to both consuls, they urged that they should draw lots for Macedonia along with Italy.
Marcellus, who was more anxious for a province, by arguing that the peace was a make-believe and a fiction, and that the king would rebel once the army was withdrawn from there, unsettled the minds of the senators.
And the consul might have won his point, had not Quintus Marcius Ralla and Gaius Atinius Labeo, tribunes of the people, announced that they would veto any action if the question was not first referred to the assembly whether they wished and ordered that peace be made with King Philip.
This motion was then laid before the people convened on the Capitoline; all the thirty-five tribes voted “aye.”5
And that there might be more general rejoicing that peace in Macedonia had been ratified, serious news had come from Spain, and a letter was read announcing
that “Gaius Sempronius Tuditanus had been defeated in battle in Nearer Spain, his army routed and put to [p. 347]
flight, that many distinguished men had fallen on6
the field, and that Tuditanus himself had been carried from the battle severely wounded and had died soon after.”
Italy was then decreed to both the consuls, with the same legions which the previous consuls had had, and it was further ordered that four new legions be recruited, two to guard the city, two to be sent wherever the senate directed;
in addition, that Titus Quinctius Flamininus should hold his province with the same legions: it appeared that the previous prorogation of his imperium