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From: "Andrew Bollen" 
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 13:19:13 +1000

From: "Josh Geller" 
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2003 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: (urth) Was Rome Worth the Trouble?

> On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 19:45, Andrew Bollen wrote:
> > Latro's vision of his home, with his aged father plowing the fields,
> > suggest a very patrician background, but on the other hand, he has a
> > patrician kind of name in Lucius (Lucius Brutus = foiunder of the
> > in 509), so perhaps we are to think of an exiled patrician family in
> > circumstances?
> A Republican patrician family wasn't necessarily wealthy. Cincinnatus,
> the famous dictator, owned an estate of three acres, where he worked in
> the field personally. Later Romans used to go on about it.

This did occurr to me, but I always thought the story was probably BS.
Anyway, C. was Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, appointed dictator in 458, so
maybe our Latro? Probably not, given that Livy has him at 80+ years old when
appointed dictator again in 439. But one of his first acts in 458 was to
appoint as "Master of the Horse, Lucius Tarquitius, a member of a patrician
house, but owing to his poverty he had served in the infantry, where he was
considered by far the finest of the Roman soldiers." That could be our man,


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