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Cincinnatus

also known asCivilization:Roman: Rome

Lucius Quinctius

Era: Early Republic
519–439 BCField of Renown:military: Dictator

 "Put on thy robe and hear the words of the people."

Cincinnatus is famous for returning to his farm after sixteen glorious days as a dictator. He was a former consul who had retired to his farm, when the Roman Senate, with great ceremony, offered him the dictatorship because the Roman army had become trapped while fighting the ∆quians. Cincinnatus quickly raised an army, marched on the enemy, and rescued the trapped Consulís army in a single day. After a week of celebrations in Rome, he returned to his farm, and picked up his plow where he had left it.

Cincinnatus was recalled out of retirement many years later to put down a plebeian revolt.


Key events during the life of cincinnatus

Year Event
460 BC Elected Consul.
458 BC Offered Dictatorship to save army stuck in a trap.
439 BC Second Dictatorship, revolt of plebeians.

 

Story LinksBook Links
Story of Cincinnatus  in  Fifty Famous Stories Retold  by  Baldwin
Cincinnatus  in  Stories From Livy  by  Church
Farmer Hero  in  Story of the Romans  by  Guerber
Cincinnatus  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  Haaren
Roman Army in a Trap  in  Story of Rome  by  Macgregor
Cincinnatus and the Aequians  in  Historical Tales: 11—Roman  by  Morris
Cincinnatus, the Man from the Plough  in  Old World Hero Stories  by  Tappan
Plans of a Traitor  in  Story of the Romans  by  Guerber
Friend of the People  in  Story of Rome  by  Macgregor

Image Links
Cincinnatus  in Fifty Famous Stories Retold Put on thy robe and hear the words of the people.' in Stories From Livy A Roman Army passing under the Yoke  in Famous Men of Rome


Contemporary Short Biography
Minucius Consul whose army was trapped by the Aequians.
Gracchus Cloelius Leader of Aequian army
Maelius Rich plebeian who gave money to poor, killed by jealous senate.