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1 B.C. 191
2 For their election cf. XXXV. xxiv. 5.
3 The lectisternium was a festival at which the images of the gods were exposed on couches (hence lecti-) on the streets and were served with food.
4 For the formula cf. XXI. v. 4.
5 The entrails of the victims were inspected; if the first animal sacrificed did not yield a favourable result the ceremony was repeated until good omens were secured.
6 For the formula cf. XXXI. vi. 1.
7 Cf. XXXV. xlix. 5; the alliterative phrase has a half-proverbial sound.
8 In XXXV. xli. 3 one province was left undetermined; the conduct of the war against Antiochus is now specifically named as that province, though the designation “Greece” is somewhat vague. (Livy's method separates events which probably were close together in time. In XXXV. xxiv. the imminence of the war demanded an early election; in XXXV. xli. the question of the provinces was under consideration, but the decision is reported only here.)
9 B.C. 191
10 Cf. XXXV. xli. 5.
11 Cf. XXXV. xxiv. 7.
12 Nothing more is heard of this proposal, and in xvii. 1 two other legati are mentioned. It has been reported (in XXXV. xxiii. 5) that Titus Quinctius was one of five legati sent to Greece to exercise auctoritas, and Plutarch (Flamininus xvii) speaks of him as legatus to Acilius. It is therefore probable that the sources confused the two Quinctii and that thus the tradition came into existence that one of them had been legatus to Acilius.
13 The urbanae legiones were normally new troops. The drafts for the year had been heavy, and, since Minucius also was in Gaul (XXXV. xx. 6), the forces there seemed sufficient. This gave Rome a mobile reserve of veterans.
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