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57. This contention occupied men's thoughts at a most unseasonable time, when a war of such importance was on hand: [2] until when Julius and Cornelius descanted for a long time by turns, on “how unjust it was that a post of honour conferred on them by the people was now to be wrested from them, since they were generals sufficiently qualified to conduct that war.” [3] Then Ahala Servilius, military tribune, say, "that he had remained silent for so long a time, not because he was uncertain as to his opinion, (for what good citizen can separate his own interests from those of the public,) but because he wished that his colleagues should of their own accord yield to the authority of the senate, rather than suffer the tribunitian power to be suppliantly appealed to against them. That even then, if circumstances permitted, he would still give them time to retract an opinion too pertinaciously adhered to. [4] But since the exigences of war do not await the counsels of men, that the public weal was of deeper importance to him t an the good will of his colleagues, and if the senate continue in the same sentiments, he would, on the following night, nominate a dictator; [5] and if any one protested against a decree of the senate being passed, that he would be content with its authority.1 When by this conduct he bore away the well- [p. 316]merited praises and good will of all, having named Publius Cornelius dictator, he himself being appointed by him as master of the [7] horse, served as an instance to those who considered his case and that of his colleagues, how much more attainable public favour and honour sometimes were to those who evinced no desire for them. The war was in no respect a memorable one. The enemy were beaten at Antium in one, and that an easy battle; the victorious army laid waste the Volscian territory; their fort at the lake Fucinus was taken by storm, and in it three thousand men made prisoners; the rest of the Volscians being driven within the walls, [8] and not defending the lands. The dictator having conducted the war in such a manner as to show that he was not negligent of fortune's favours, returned to the city with [9] a greater share of success than of glory, and resigned his office. The military tribunes, without making any mention [10] of an election of consuls, (through pique, I suppose, for the appointment of a dictator,) issued a proclamation for the election of military tribunes. Then indeed the perplexity of the [11] patricians became still greater, as seeing their cause betrayed by their own party. Wherefore, as on the year before, by bringing forward as candidates the most unworthy individuals from amongst the plebeians, they produced a disgust against all, even those who were deserving; so then by engaging such of the patricians as were most distinguished by the splendour of their character and by [12] their influence to stand as candidates, they secured all the places; so that no plebeian could get in. Four were elected, all of them men who had already served the office, Lucius Furius Medullinus, Caius Valerius Potitus, Numerius Fabius Vibulanus, Caius Servilius Ahala. The last had the honour continued to him by reelection, as well in consequence of his other deserts, as on account of his recent popularity, acquired by his singular moderation,

1 The passing of a senatus-consultum, or decree of the senate, might be prevented in several ways; as, for instance, by [6??] the want of a sufficiently full meeting, &c.; in such cases the judgment of the majority was recorded, and that was called auctoritas senatûs.

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