2. M. Atilius
Regulus, probably son of No. 1., was consul B. C. 294, with L. Postumius Megellus, and carried on war with his colleague against the Samnites.
The events of this year were related very differently by the annalists.
According to the account which Livy followed, Regulus was first defeated with great loss near Luceria, but on the following day he gained a brilliant victory over the Samnites, of whom 7200 were sent under the yoke. Livy says that Regulus was refused a triumph, but this is contradicted by the Fasti Capitolini, according to which he triumphed de Volsonibus et Samnitibus.
The name of the Volsones does not occur elsewhere. Niebuhr conjectures that they may be the same as the Volcentes, who are mentioned along with the Hirpini and Lucani (Liv. 27.15
), or perhaps even the same as the Volsinii or Volsinienses. (Liv. 10.32
; Zonar. 8.1
; Niebuhr, Hist. of Rome,
vol. iii. pp. 389, 390.)