The year was now almost at an end and the talk about the war with Antiochus and the concern of the Fathers were growing greater and greater from day to day;
in order, therefore, that all might be more attentive to duty, the question of provinces for the magistrates-elect began to be considered.
They decreed that for the consuls Italy and wherever the senate ordered —that this province would be the war against King Antiochus was known to everyone —should be the provinces.
The one to whom the latter lot fell was authorized to enlist four thousand Roman citizens for the infantry and three hundred cavalry and six thousand allies of the Latin confederacy with four hundred cavalry.
The enrolment of these troops Lucius Quinctius the consul1
was ordered to undertake, that nothing might delay the new consul from going at once to whatever place the senate should have ordered.
Moreover, regarding the provinces of the praetors, it was decided that the first lot should cover the two jurisdictions, that between citizens and that between citizens and aliens, the second the Brutti, the third the fleet, to sail wherever the senate should have directed, the fourth Sicily, the fifth Sardinia, the sixth Farther Spain.2
Instructions were also given to Lucius Quinctius the consul to [p. 123]
raise two new legions of Roman citizens and from3
the allies of the Latin confederacy twenty thousand infantry and eight hundred cavalry. This army was decreed to the praetor to whom the Brutti should have been allotted as a province.
Two temples to Jupiter were dedicated that year on the Capitoline; Lucius Furius Purpurio4
had vowed one while praetor in the Gallic war, the other while consul; the dedication was performed by Quintus Marcius Ralla the duumvir.
Many prosecutions that year were directed against usurers,5
the curule aediles Marcus Tuccius and Publius Junius Brutus bringing charges against private citizens. From the fines imposed on the condemned, gilded four-horse chariots were set up on the Capitoline and in
the inner room of the temple of Jupiter, above the roof of the shrine, twelve gilded shields were also placed, and the same men built a portico outside the Porta Trigemina in the wood-dealers' quarter.6