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1 B.C. 190
2 An election required the votes of a majority of the centuries for each candidate, and Fulvius alone had a majority, the other votes being split in such a way that no one else had a sufficient number. Livy's account of the subsequent procedure is badly confused, and evidence with which to revise it is lacking. The first question is the date of the election of Fulvius. He could have presided at the election of his colleague only if he had himself been chosen on the last day of the preceding official year. The colloquialisms deiecto and iacuit and the technical [7??] phrase collegam dixit indicate that a second election was held and that Fulvius did not co-opt his colleague, and the last indicates that Fulvius presided at that election. On the other hand, the consuls and praetors were apparently inaugurated together as usual, and in that case Fulvius could not have been elected on the last day of one year and Manlius on the first day of the next. Livy has probably erroneously reconstructed the event from contradictory and ambiguous sources.
3 Livy's use of iacuit is an echo of the political slang of his own day.
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