GNAEUS FULVIUS CENTUMALUS and Publius1
Sulpicius Galba, the consuls, having entered upon office on the Ides of March, summoned the senate to the Capitol2
and consulted the fathers in regard to the state, the conduct of the war, and the provinces and armies.
the military authority of Quintus Fulvius and Appius Claudius, consuls of the previous year, was continued, and the armies which they had were assigned to them, with orders in addition that they were not to withdraw from Capua, which
they were besieging, until they had taken the city.
that affair claimed the closest attention of the Romans at the time, not so much because of anger, which has never been more justified against any state, as because a city so important and powerful, which by its revolt had drawn with it a number of communities, in like manner, if recovered, might tum the scale to respect, so it seemed, for the old authority.
and for the praetors of the previous year, Marcus [p. 5]
Iunius in Etruria, Publius Sempronius in Gaul, their3
command was continued, with the two legions which each had held;
the command of Marcus Marcellus also was continued, that as proconsul in Sicily he might finish the remainder of the war with the army which he had.
if he should need reinforcements, he should provide them from the legions which Publius Cornelius, the propraetor,
commanded in Sicily, provided he did not enlist any soldier from the number of those to whom the senate had refused a discharge and a return to their home towns before the end of the war.
to Gaius Sulpicius, to whom Sicily had fallen, were assigned the two legions which Publius Cornelius had held, and reinforcements from Gnaeus Fulvius' army, which in the previous year had been dishonourably cut to pieces and put to flight in Apulia.
for this class of soldier the senate had established the same term of service as for the men who were at Cannae.4
An additional mark of disgrace for both alike was that they were not to winter in towns, nor to construct their winter quarters within ten miles of any city. to Lucius Cornelius in Sardinia were given the two legions which Quintus Mucius had commanded.
reinforcements, if necessary, the consuls were bidden to enrol. to Titus Otacilius and Marcus Valerius were assigned the coasts of Sicily and Greece, together with the legions and fleets which they commanded.'
Greece had fifty ships and one legion, Sicily a hundred ships and two legions. twenty-three Roman legions5
carried on the war that year on land and sea.