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Translated by Rev. Canon Roberts
Book III Chapter 66: War with Aequi and Volscians.[446 BC]
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Titus Quinctius Capitolinus and Agrippa Curius were the next consuls elected -- the former for the fourth time. They found on entering office no disturbances at home nor any war abroad, though both were threatening. The dissensions of the citizens could now no longer be checked, as both the tribunes and the plebs were exasperated against the patricians, owing to the Assembly being constantly disturbed by fresh quarrels whenever one of the nobility was prosecuted. |
At the first bruit of these outbreaks, the Aequi and Volscians, as though at a given signal, took up arms. Moreover their leaders, eager for plunder, had persuaded them that it had been impossible to raise the levy ordered two years previously, because the plebs refused to obey, and it was owing to this that no armies had been sent against them; military discipline was broken up by insubordination; Rome was no longer looked upon as the common fatherland; all their rage against foreign foes was turned against one another. Now was the opportunity for destroying these wolves blinded by the madness of mutual hatred.
With their united forces they first completely desolated the Latin territory; then, meeting with none to check their depredations, they actually approached the walls of Rome, to the great delight of those who had fomented the war. Extending their ravages in the direction of the Esquiline gate, they plundered and harried, through sheer insolence, in the sight of the City. After they had marched back unmolested with their plunder to Corbio, the consul Quinctius convoked the people to an Assembly.
|T. Quinctius Capitolinus quartum et Agrippa Furius consules inde facti nec seditionem domi nec foris bellum acceperunt; sed imminebat utrumque. Iam non ultra discordia ciuium reprimi poterat, et tribunis et plebe incitata in patres, cum dies alicui nobilium dicta nouis semper certaminibus contiones turbaret. Ad quarum primum strepitum, uelut signo accepto, arma cepere Aequi ac Volsci, simul quod persuaserant iis duces, cupidi praedarum, biennio ante dilectum indictum haberi non potuisse, abnuente iam plebe imperium: eo aduersus se non esse missos exercitus. Dissolui licentia militandi morem, nec pro communi iam patria Romam esse. Quicquid irarum simultatiumque cum externis fuerit in ipsos uerti. Occaecatos lupos intestina rabie opprimendi occasionem esse. Coniunctis exercitibus Latinum primum agrum perpopulati sunt; deinde postquam ibi nemo uindex occurrebat, tum uero exsultantibus belli auctoribus ad moenia ipsa Romae populabundi regione portae Esquilinae accessere, uastationem agrorum per contumeliam urbi ostentantes. Vnde postquam inulti, praedam prae se agentes, retro ad Corbionem agmine iere, Quinctius consul ad contionem populum uocauit.|