In the same year the proconsul Aulus Terentius, not far from the river Ebro, in the country of the Ausetani, both fought successful battles with the Celtiberians and captured a number of towns which they had fortified.
Farther Spain that year was at peace, partly because Publius Sempronius the proconsul was suffering from a long illness, and with no one to provoke them the Lusitanians very fortunately remained quiet.
Nor was anything worth recording done by the consul Quintus Fabius among the Ligurians.
Marcus Marcellus, recalled from Histria, disbanded his army and returned to Rome to hold the elections.
He returned as consuls Gnaeus Baebius Tamphilus and Lucius Aemilius Paulus. The latter had been curule aedile with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus; this was the fifth year after the consulship of Lepidus, although Lepidus himself became consul after two defeats.1
Next the praetors were chosen, Quintus Fulvius Flaccus, Marcus Valerius Laevinus, Publius Manlius (for the second time),2
Marcus Ogulnius Gallus, Lucius Caecilius Denter, Gaius Terentius Istra.
At the end of the year there was a period of prayer by reason of the prodigies, because the Romans were well persuaded
that there had been a shower of blood, lasting two days, in the precinct of Concord,3
and because it was reported that not far from Sicily, a new island which had not been there before had [p. 399]
risen from the sea.
Valerius Antias says that4
Hannibal died this year, ambassadors having been sent to Prusias for this purpose, namely, Lucius Scipio Asiaticus and Publius Scipio Nasica,5
in addition to Titus Quinctius Flamininus, whose name is best known in this connection.