Appius Claudius Caecus was a powerful Roman politician who made many reforms to give a voice in government to landless workers. He also published a code for legal practices, and organized the construction of Rome's first aqueduct. He was elected censor once, and consul twice. He also undertook construction of the famous "Via Appia" or "Appian Way", a road from Rome to Capua. He eventually became blind. In his later years he made a speech before the Senate, exhorting the Romans not to make peace with Pyrrhus, who had recently beaten the Roman army at Heraclea. This speech was the first Latin oratory in recorded history.
|Beginning of censorship. Started building aqueducts and Appian Way.
|End of censorship.
|Speech against Pyrrhus in Senate.
|Master of Strategy in
|Stories from Ancient Rome by Alfred J. Church
|Appius Claudius Caecus in
|Famous Men of Rome by John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
The Appian Way
in Famous Men of Rome
Ruins of the Roman Aqueducts
in Historical Tales: Roman
|Samnite general who captured the Romans at Caudium Pass.
|Hero of the Battle of Sentinum, against the Gauls and Samnites.
|Renowned general, won victories in Macedon, Italy, and Greece, but failed to follow up wins.