Not long after, as the time of the consular elections [p. 1705]
drew nigh, the consul, Caius Laelius, came home to Rome from Gaul.
He not only enrolled the colonists, according to a decree of the senate, passed in his absence, as a supplement to Cremona and Placentia, but proposed, —and, on his recommendation, the senate voted, —that two new colonies should be established in the lands which had belonged to the Boians.
At the same time arrived a letter from the praetor, Lucius Aemilius, containing intelligence of the sea-fight that took place at Myonnesus, and of Lucius Scipio the consul having transported his army into Asia.
A supplication for one day was decreed, on account of the naval victory, and another, for the second day, in order that, as the Roman army had then for the first time pitched a camp in Asia, this circumstance might turn out prosperous and happy.
The consul was ordered to sacrifice twenty of the greater victims on occasion of each supplication.
The election of consuls was then held with a warm contest. Marcus Aemilius Lepidus sought the office under general censure, for having, in order to sue for the office, left his province of Sicily without having asked the senate for permission to do so.
Marcus Fulvius Nobilior, Cneius Manlius Vulso, and Marcus Valerius Messala, were his com- petitors for the office. Fulvius alone was elected consul, since the rest could not make up the number of centuries; and the next day, rejecting Lepidus, (for Messala had declined,) he declared Cneius Manlius his colleague.
Then were chosen praetors, two of the name of Quintus Fabius, Labeo and Pictor, (the latter of whom had in that year been inaugurated flamen quirinalis,) Marcus Sempronius Tuditanus, Spurius Posthumius Albinus, Lucius Plautius Hypsaeus, and Lucius Baebius Dives.