The Ligurians, who had not anticipated1
a war before the arrival of the consuls in the province, were taken off their guard and surrendered, to the number of about twelve thousand men.
First consulting the senate by letter, Cornelius and Baebius determined to move them down from the mountains to lands on the plains, far from home, that there might be no hope of return, thinking that there would be no end to the Ligurian war until this was done. There was public land belonging to the Roman people among the Samnites, which had belonged to the Taurasini.
Since they wished to transfer the Ligurian Apuani there, they issued an edict that the Ligurian Apuani should come down from the mountains, bringing their wives and children, and should transport all their property with them.
The Ligurians made frequent entreaties through ambassadors that they might not be compelled to leave their household gods, the land in which they had been born, the tombs of their ancestors, and also promised arms and hostages.
When they met with no success and lacked the strength to fight, they obeyed the edict.
There were transferred at public expense about forty thousand freemen with their women and children. One hundred and fifty thousand sesterces2
of silver were appropriated, with which they could buy what was necessary for their new homes.
For the apportionment of the land and the division of the money, the same Cornelius and Baebius who had made the transfer were appointed.3
Nevertheless, at their request, a commission of five was named, on whose advice they might act.
When, after completing [p. 121]
this task, they had brought back the veteran army,4
a triumph was voted by the senate.
They were the first of all to triumph without waging a war.5
Only the victims were led before the car, since there had been nothing in their triumphs which could be carried, could be led, or could be given to the soldiers.6