Leaving Out a Consular Pair

Redacting Annals: Livy, AUC 44

“The year had Publius Cornelius Scipio as a dictator with Publius Decius Mus as a master of Horse. A Consular election was held by these men—which was the reason they were given their position, since neither consul was able to be absent from the war. The consuls elected were Lucius Postumius and Tiberius Minucius.

Piso says that these consuls came after Quintus Fabius and Publius Decius by leaving out the two year period in which we have the consuls Caludius and Voumnius followed by Cornelius and Marcus.  Whether his memory escaped him while he was correcting his annals or he intentionally left these two consular pairs out is unclear.”

XLIV. Dictatorem idem annus habuit P. Cornelium Scipionem cum magistro equitum P. Decio Mure. Ab his, propter quae creati erant, comitia consularia habita, quia neuter consulum potuerat bello abesse. Creati consules L. Postumius Ti. Minucius. Hos consules Piso Q. Fabio et P. Decio suggerit biennio exempto quo Claudium Volumniumque et Cornelium cum Marcio consules factos tradidimus. 4Memoriane fugerit in annalibus digerendis, an consulto binos consules, falsos ratus, transcenderit, incertum est.

Jacob Matthias Schmutzer (1733-1811)

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