About the same time the commissioners returned from the kings1
when they had no report to make which furnished a sufficiently pressing cause for war, except against the Lacedaemonian tyrant, whom the Achaean ambassadors also reported to be attacking the Spartan coast in contravention of the treaty, the praetor Atilius was ordered to Greece with the fleet to defend the allies.
Both the consuls were directed to depart for their provinces, since no action was imminent from Antiochus. Domitius by way of Ariminum, where the way was most direct, Quinctius through Liguria, came into the Boian territory.
The columns of the two consuls in different directions ravaged the land of the enemy far and wide. At first a few of their cavalry with their commanders, and then the senate as a body, and finally all who possessed anything of fortune or rank, to the number of fifteen hundred, took refuge with the consuls.
In both the Spanish provinces as well things went prosperously this year, for [p. 65]
Gaius Flaminius captured by storm the rich fortified2
town of Licabrum and took alive the noble chieftain
Conribilo, and Marcus Fulvius the proconsul3
engaged with two armies of the enemy in two successful battles, captured two Spanish towns, Vescelia and Helo, and numerous forts; others voluntarily deserted
to him. Then he marched against the Oretani, and after capturing two towns, Noliba and Cusibis, advanced to the river Tagus. There lay Toletum, a small town but on a naturally
strong site. While he was besieging this city, a large force of the Vettones came to the aid of the Toletani. With them he fought successfully in a pitched battle, and after routing the Vettones he took Toletum by siege.4