In B. C. 83 Sertorius was praetor. Sulla was now returning home after reducing Mithridates to terms, and the party of Sertorius made preparations to oppose him.
But their means and measures were ineffectual against so wily an enemy.
The consul Norbanus was defeated; and the army of the other consul, L. Scipio, being gained over by Sulla, though Q. Sertorius had warned Scipio of the danger of a negotiation with Sulla, he withdrew into Etruria. His remonstrances also had no effect in B. C. 82 with the consuls Carbo and the younger Marius, and in order to get rid of him, they suggested that he should undertake the administration of the province of Further Spain. Julius Exsuperantius (100.8) is the sole authority for this fact, though he does not state the whole affair correctly. Appian (App. BC 1.86, 108) makes Sertorius go to Spain in B. C. 83, before the consulship of Carbo and the younger Marius.
With few men and little money, Sertorius made his way through Gaul, and bought