The following year, which was in the 176th Olympiad,
countries were acquired by the Romans by bequest. Bithynia was left to them
by Nicomedes, and Cyrene by Ptolemy Apion, of the house of the
Lagidæ. There were wars and wars; the Sertorian was raging in
Spain, the Mithridatic in the East, that of the pirates on the entire sea,
and another one around Crete against the Cretans themselves, besides the
gladiatorial war in Italy, which started suddenly and became very serious.
Although distracted by so many conflicts the Romans sent another army of two
legions into Spain. With these and the other forces in their hands Metellus
and Pompey again descended from the Pyrenees mountains to the Ebro and
Sertorius and Perpenna advanced from Lusitania to meet them. At this
juncture many of the soldiers of Sertorius deserted to Metellus.