They appoint as consuls Marcus Fabius Vibulanus, Publius Aebutius Cornicen. Fabius and Aebutius, the consuls, inasmuch as they perceived that
they succeeded to a greater glory of achievements performed at home and abroad, [p. 263]
(the year was rendered particularly remarkable among the neighbouring states, both friendly and hostile, because relief had been afforded to the Ardeans in their perilous situation with so much zeal,) the more strenuously exerted themselves in obtaining
a decree of the senate, that they might completely efface the infamy of the decision from the memory of men, to the effect that since the state of the Ardeans ha been reduced to a few by intestine war, a colony should be sent thither as a protection against the Volscians.
This is what was stated publicly on the tables, that the intention entertained of rescinding the decision might escape the knowledge of the commons and tribunes. But they had agreed that, a much greater number of Rutulian colonists being enrolled than of Romans, no land should be distributed, except that which had been intercepted by the infamous decision; and that not a sod of it should be assigned to any Roman, until all the Rutulians had had their share. In this way the land returned to the Ardeans.
The commissioners appointed to transplant the colony to Ardea were Agrippa Menenius, Titus Claelius Siculus, and Marcus Aebutius Elva.
When they, in the discharge of their by no means popular office, had given offence to the commons by assigning to the allies the land which the Roman people had decided to be their own, and were not even much supported by the patricians, because they had not deferred in any way to the influence of any one, a day having been appointed for them
by the tribunes to appear before the people, they escaped all vexatious annoyance by enrolling themselves as settlers and remaining in the colony, which they now had as a testimony of their integrity and justice.