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Subject: Re: (urth) Was Rome Worth the Trouble?
From: Josh Geller 
Date: 18 Jun 2003 20:50:48 -0700

On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 20:19, Andrew Bollen wrote:
> From: "Josh Geller" 

>> 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.

Could be, might not be. These things happen sometimes. Who would have 
thought a US Grant or a Harry Truman could ever be President?

> 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,
> maybe.

It could indeed.



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