The consuls then consulted the senate concerning the provinces;
and it was resolved that they should cast lots for Aetolia and Asia.
To him who should obtain by lot Asia, was assigned the army which Lucius Scipio then had; and, as a reinforcement, four thousand Roman foot and two hundred horse, and of the allies and Latins eight thousand foot and four hundred horse: with which force he was to carry on the war with Antiochus.
To the other consul was decreed the army in Aetolia; and he was allowed to raise, for a reinforcement, the same number of natives and allies as his colleague.
The same consul was likewise ordered to equip and take with him the ships that had been fitted out the year before; and not only to wage war with the Aetolians, but also to pass over into the island of Cephallenia.
Instructions were given to the same consul, that if he could do it to the advantage of the republic, he should come home to Rome to hold the elections;
for, besides that the annual magistrates were to be replaced, it was resolved that censors also should be created; and if any particular business should detain him, he was then to acquaint the senate, that he could not attend at the time of the elections.
Aetolia fell by lot to Marcus Fulvius; Asia, to Cneius Manlius. The praetors then cast lots, and Spurius Postumius Albinus obtained the city and foreign jurisdiction; Marcus Sempronius Tuditanus, Sicily; Quintus Fabius Pictor, the priest of Romulus, Sardinia; Quintus Fabius Labeo, the fleet; Lucius Plautius Hypsaeus, Hither Spain; Lucius Baebius Dives, Farther Spain.
One legion, and the squadron which was then in Sicily, were decreed for that province; and it was ordered that the new praetor should levy on the Sicilians two tenths of the corn; one of which he was to send into Asia, the other into Aetolia.
It was also ordered, that the same impost should be collected in Sardinia, and the corn sent to the same armies as the Sicilian [p. 1708]
A reinforcement was given to Lucius Baebius, for Spain, one thousand Roman foot and fifty horse, with six thousand Latin foot and two hundred horse.
To Plautius Hypsaeus, for the Hither Spain, were assigned one thousand Roman foot, and two thousand Latins, with two hundred horse; so that with these supplies the two Spains should have each a legion.
In the case of the magistrates of the preceding year, the command was prolonged to Caius Laelius for a year, with his present army, and to Publius Junius, the proprietor in Etruria, with the army which was then in the province, and Marcus Tuccius, the propraetor in Bruttium and Apulia.