In that year the lustrum
was closed; the censors were Quintus Fulvius Flaccus and Aulus Postumius [p. 319]
Albinus; Postumius closed the lustrum.
of Roman citizens listed in the census was 269,015,2
a somewhat smaller number because the consul Lucius Postumius had proclaimed before an assembly that of the allies of the Latin confederacy who had been obligated, under the edict of Gaius Claudius the consul, to return to their cities, no one should be listed at Rome but all in their own cities.
The censorship was harmonious and useful to the state.
All those whom they expelled from the senate or whose horses they took away were transferred to the aerarii3
and removed from their tribes; neither censor approved anyone who had been marked for censure by the other.
Fulvius dedicated the temple of Fortuna Equestris which, as proconsul in Spain, he had vowed while fighting with the legions of the Celtiberians, six4
years after he had vowed it, and he gave theatrical performances for four days and one day in the circus.
Lucius Cornelius Lentulus, decemvir in charge of sacrifices, died that year. To replace him Aulus Postumius Albinus was chosen. Such great clouds of locusts from the sea suddenly appeared over Apulia that they covered the fields far and wide with their swarms.
To destroy this pest, so fatal to crops, Gnaeus Sicinius, praetor-elect, was invested with the imperium
and sent to
Apulia, and assembling a vast crowd of men to collect the locusts, spent a certain amount of time in this way.
The beginning of the following year, in the5
consulship of Gaius Popilius and Publius Aelius, continued the unfinished controversies of the preceding year.
The Fathers wished the decree of the senate regarding the Ligurians to be resubmitted and re-adopted,6
and [p. 321]
the consul Aelius was ready to submit it.
entreated both his colleague and the senate on behalf of his brother, declaring that if they passed any decree he would veto it. Aelius he discouraged from acting; the Fathers, enraged at both consuls alike for that reason, stood by their proposal the more vigorously.
And so, when the question of provinces was taken up and Macedonia was sought after, because war with Perseus was now threatening, they decreed the Ligurians to both consuls; they refused to decree Macedonia unless the motion regarding Marcus Popilius were put to them.
Then, when the consuls requested that they be authorized to enlist new armies or reinforcements for the old, both petitions were denied.
The praetors also, who were asking for reinforcements for Spain, were refused, Marcus Junius for Nearer Spain, Spurius Lucretius for Farther Spain.
Gaius Licinius Crassus had received the civil jurisdiction from the lots, Gnaeus Sicinius that between aliens, Sicily was assigned to Gaius Memmius, Sardinia to Spurius Cluvius.
The consuls, angered at the senate for these reasons, proclaimed the Latin festival for the first available day and announced that they would set out to their province and would transact no public business except that which pertained to the government of the provinces.