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History of Rome (Ab Urbe Condita) by Livy
Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Book III Chapter 29: End of war with the Aequi and Sabines.[458 BC]
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Their camps was found to be full of everything -- for they had been sent away with only their shirts on -- and the dictator gave the whole of the spoil to his own soldiers alone. Addressing the consul and his army in a tone of severe rebuke, "You, soldiers," he said, "will go without your share of the spoil, for you all but fell a spoil yourselves to the enemy from whom it was taken; and you, Lucius Minucius, will command these legions as a staff officer, until you begin to show the spirit of a consul." Minucius laid down his consulship and remained with the army under the dictator's orders. But such obedience did men in those days pay to authority when ably and wisely exercised, that the soldiers, mindful of the service he had done them rather than of the disgrace inflicted on them, voted to the dictator a gold crown a pound in weight, and when he left they saluted him as their patron. Quintus Fabius, the prefect of the City, convened a meeting of the senate, and they decreed that Quinctius, with the army he was bringing home, should enter the City in triumphal procession. The commanding officers of the enemy were led in front, then the military standards were borne before the general's chariot, the arm followed loaded with spoil. It is said that tables spread with provisions stood before all the houses, and the feasters followed the chariot with songs of triumph and the customary jests and lampoons. On that day the freedom of the City was bestowed on Lucius Mamilius the Tusculan, amidst universal approval.

The dictator would at once have laid down his office had not the meeting of the Assembly for the trial of Marcus Volscius detained him: fear of the dictator prevented the tribunes from obstructing it. Volscius was condemned and went into exile at Lanuvium. Quinctius resigned on the sixteenth day the dictatorship which had been conferred upon him for six months. During that period the consul Nautius fought a brilliant action with the Sabines at Eretum, who suffered a severe defeat, in addition to the ravaging of their fields. Fabius Quintus was sent to succeed Alinucius in command at Algidus. Towards the end of the year, the tribunes began to agitate the Law, but as two armies were absent, the senate succeeded in preventing any measure from being brought before the plebs. The latter gained their point, however, in securing the reelection of the tribunes for the fifth time. It is said that wolves pursued by dogs were seen in the Capitol; this prodigy necessitated its purification. These were the events of the year.

Event: War with Aequi and Sabines

Castris hostium receptis plenis omnium rerum- nudos enim emiserat—praedam omnem suo tantum militi dedit; consularem exercitum ipsumque consulem increpans 'carebis' inquit 'praedae parte, miles, ex eo hoste cui prope praedae fuisti. Et tu, L. Minuci, donec consularem animum incipias habere, legatus his legionibus praeeris.' Ita se Minucius abdicat consulatu iussusque ad exercitum manet. Sed adeo tum imperio meliori animus mansuete oboediens erat, ut beneficii magis quam ignominiae hic exercitus memor et coronam auream dictatori, libram pondo, decreuerit et proficiscentem eum patronum salutauerit. Romae a Q. Fabio praefecto urbis senatus habitus triumphantem Quinctium quo ueniebat agmine urbem ingredi iussit. Ducti ante currum hostium duces; militaria signa praelata; secutus exercitus praeda onustus. Epulae instructae dicuntur fuisse ante omnium domos, epulantesque cum carmine triumphali et sollemnibus iocis comisantium modo currum secuti sunt. Eo die L. Mamilio Tusculano adprobantibus cunctis ciuitas data est. Confestim se dictator magistratu abdicasset ni comitia M. Volsci, falsi testis, tenuissent. Ea ne impedirent tribuni dictatoris obstitit metus; Volscius damnatus Lanuuium in exsilium abiit. Quinctius sexto decimo die dictatura in sex menses accepta se abdicauit. Per eos dies consul Nautius ad Eretum cum Sabinis egregie pugnat; ad uastatos agros ea quoque clades accessit Sabinis. Minucio Fabius successor in Algidum missus. Extremo anno agitatum de lege ab tribunis est; sed quia duo exercitus aberant, ne quid ferretur ad populum patres tenuere; plebes uicit ut quintum eosdem tribunos crearent. Lupos uisos in Capitolio ferunt a canibus fugatos; ob id prodigium lustratum Capitolium esse. Haec eo anno gesta.