thither Publius Cornelius led the army flushed with victory and enriched with spoils.
All the booty was exposed to view before the city, and the opportunity was afforded the owners of identifying their property; the rest was turned over to the quaestor to sell and the proceeds were divided among the soldiers.
II. Gaius Flaminius2
had not yet left Rome when this happened in Spain.
Therefore defeat rather than victory was the constant burden of the talk of [p. 7]
him and his friends, and, since a great war had3
flared up in the province and he was to take over from Sextus Digitius the scanty remnants of his army, and even these filled with panic and terror, he had tried to induce them to decree to him one of the city-legions,4
and when he had added to this the
force which he had enlisted in accordance with the decree of the senate, that he should choose from the whole number six thousand two hundred infantry and three hundred cavalry: with this legion —for little confidence could be placed in the army of Sextus Digitius —he would carry on the campaign.
The elders declared that no decree of the senate should be passed on the basis of rumours causelessly invented by private individuals to gratify magistrates;
unless either the praetors should send reports from the provinces or their legates bring word, nothing should be considered settled; if an emergency existed in Spain, it was their will that the praetor should enlist emergency troops outside of Italy. It was the senate's intention that these emergency troops should be raised in Spain.
Valerius Antias writes that Gaius Flaminius sailed also to Sicily to conduct his levy and that on his way from Sicily to Spain he was driven by a storm to Africa and administered the oath to stragglers from the army of Publius Africanus;
that to the contingents from these two provinces he added a third in Spain.5