The decree of the senate was read to the envoys, who had been summoned to the senate-house, and they were ordered to name their advocates.
They named four, Marcus Porcius Cato,He had benefited the province in 195 B.C. by establishing order and developing mining, cf. XXXIV. xxi. A speech in this case seems to have been once extant under the title Pro Hispanis de frumento (Charisius II. 198. 224 Keil) in which Cato attacked Publius Furius Philus, praetor of Nearer Spain in 174 B.C. (XLI. xxi. 3, cf. below, 8) for unjust valuation of grain received as tribute (Asconius on Cicero Divinatio in M. Caecilium 66, Cato accusavit . . . P. Furium pro iisdem (Lusitanis) propter iniquissimam aestimationem frumenti), cf. below, 12. Publius Cornelius Scipio son of Gnaeus,B.C. 171 Lucius Aemilius Paulus son of Lucius,Scipio had been praetor in Farther Spain in 193 B.C. (XXXIV. xliii. 7 records his assignment, XXXV. i. 3-12, his exploits), and Paulus had been in Farther Spain as pra