To this the consul replied that the Ligures had not been allotted to him as his province, that he had not waged war with the Ligures, that he was not asking for a triumph over them;
he felt sure that in a short time Quintus Minucius, having conquered them, would ask and receive a well-earned triumph;
he was asking for a triumph over the Gallic Boii, whom he had defeated in battle, whom he had stripped of their camp, whose entire population he had, two days after the battle, received in surrender, from whom he had taken hostages as a guarantee of future peace.
But this, as a matter of fact, was of far greater importance —that he had [p. 271]
slain a greater number of thousands of Gauls in battle1
than any commander before him had ever fought with, at least so far as the Boii were concerned.2
More than half of their fifty thousand men were killed,3
many thousands captured; old men and boys only were now left to the Boii.
Could anyone then wonder why a victorious army, since it left no enemy in the province, should come to Rome to celebrate the triumph of the consul?
If the senate wished to use the assistance of these soldiers in another province also, in which way, pray, would it believe them to be more ready to meet another danger and new toil, if without any objection the reward had been paid them for their previous danger and toil, or if they sent them away with hope in place of reality, when they had once been deceived as to their original expectation?
So far as he personally was concerned, he had won sufficient glory for his whole life on that day when the senate had judged him the best man and sent him to receive the Idaean Mother.4
From that one inscription, even if no consulship or triumph were added, the imago5
of Publius Scipio Nasica would have enough of honour and regard.
The entire senate of its own accord not only agreed to vote the triumph but by its influence compelled the tribune to withdraw his veto. Publius Cornelius while consul triumphed over the Boii.
In that triumph he transported in Gallic carts arms and standards and spoils of every description and Gallic vases of bronze, and [p. 273]
along with prisoners of high rank a herd of captured6
horses. He carried also golden necklaces to the number of one thousand four hundred and seventy-one, and besides he had two hundred and forty-seven pounds of gold, of
silver, unwrought and wrought in Gallic vases, not unskilfully, in their manner, two thousand three hundred and forty pounds, of coins stamped with the two-horse chariot, two hundred and thirty-four thousand.7
To the soldiers who followed his car he gave one hundred and twenty-five asses
to each infantryman, twice that sum to each centurion and thrice to each cavalryman.
The next day he called an assembly, and when he had spoken of his achievements and of the injury done by
the tribune who tried to entangle him in another's war, in order to cheat him of the fruits of his victory, he absolved his soldiers of their oaths and discharged them.