The war being thus dispatched, and1
rewards and penalities distributed in accordance with everyone's deserts, Titus Manlius returned to Rome; it is said that on his approach only the seniors went out to meet him, and that the young men, then and for all the remainder of his days, abhorred and execrated him.
The Antiates committed depredations upon the lands of Ostia, Ardea, and Solonium. Manlius, the consul, having been unable himself to conduct this war because of ill —health, appointed as dictator Lucius Papirius Crassus, who at that time happened to be praetor, and he in tum named Lucius Papirius Cursor master of the horse.
The dictator accomplished nothing noteworthy against the Antiates, though he lay some months encamped in their territory.
to a year that was famous for its victory over so many and so powerful nations, and also for the glorious death of one of the consuls and the other's severity of discipline, which though cruel was nevertheless renowned through the ages, succeeded the consulship of Tiberius Aemilius Mamercinus and Quintus Publilius Philo.
These men had no such opportunities, and were, besides, more concerned for their own or their party's interests than for the country. The Latins took up arms again, being incensed at the confiscation of their land, and suffered a defeat and the loss of their camp, in the Fenectane Plains.2
while Publilius, under whose command and [p. 51]
auspices the campaign had been conducted, was receiving3
the surrender of the Latin peoples whose soldiers had fallen there, Aemilius led his army against Pedum. The Pedani were supported by the people of Tibur, Praeneste, and Velitrae, and auxiliaries had also come from Lanuvium and Antium.
though the Romans proved superior in certain engagements, yet the town of Pedum and the camp
of the allied nations, which adjoined it, still remained intact to be dealt with, when suddenly the consul, hearing that his colleague had been decreed a triumph, left the war unfinished
and returned to Rome to demand a triumph for himself as well, without staying to obtain a victory. this self —seeking disgusted the Fathers, who denied him a triumph, unless he should capture Pedum or receive its surrender.
estranged from the senate by this rebuff, Aemilius thereafter administered his consulship in the spirit of a seditious tribune.
for, all the time that he was consul, he ceased not to accuse the senators to the people, while his colleague. since he too was of the plebs, offered not the smallest opposition.
The ground of his accusations was the niggardly apportionment of land to the plebeians in the Latin and Falernian districts. and when the senate, desiring to put an end to the authority of the consuls, ordered that a dictator should be appointed to oppose the rebellious Latins, Aemilius, who then had
named his colleague dictator, by whom Junius Brutus was designated master of the horse.
Publilius was a popular dictator, both because of his denunciation of the senate and because he carried through three laws very advantageous to the plebs and prejudicial to the nobles:
one, that the decisions of the plebs [p. 53]
should be binding on all the Quirites; another, that5
the Fathers should ratify the measures proposed at the centuriate comitia before they were voted on; and a third, that at least one censor should be chosen from the plebs —since
they had gone so far as to make it lawful for both to be plebeians.
The harm that was wrought at home in that year by the consuls and the dictator outweighed —in the belief of the patricians —the increase in empire that resulted from their victory and their management of the war.