In Liguria, nothing worthy of record occurred in that year; for the enemy made no hostile attempt, nor did the consul march his legions into their country;
on the contrary, having made himself sure that there would be peace that year, he discharged the soldiers of the two Roman legions within sixty days after his arrival
in the province, sent the troops of the Latin confederates early into winter quarters at Luna and Pisae, and himself, with the cavalry, visited most of the towns in the Gallic province.
Although there was no open war any where but in Macedon, yet the Romans suspected Gentius, king of Illyria.
The senate, therefore, voted that eight ships, fully equipped, should be sent from Brundusium to Issa, to Caius Furius, lieutenant-general, who, with only two vessels belonging to the inhabitants, held the government of that island.
In this squadron were embarked two thousand soldiers, whom the praetor, Quintus Maenius, in pursuance of [p. 2042]
a decree of the senate, had raised in the quarter of Italy opposite Illyria; and the consul Hostilius sent Appius Claudius, with four thousand foot, into Illyria, to protect the states that bordered on it.
But Appius Claudius, not content with the force which he brought with him, collected aid from the allies, until he armed as many as eight thousand men of different nations; and after overrunning all that country, took post at Lychnidus, in the territory of the Dassaretians.