Livy, History of Rome 8

LCL 191: 2-3

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Liber VIII

a.u.c. 413I. iam consules erant C. Plautius iterum L.1 Aemilius Mamercus, cum Setini Norbanique Romam nuntii defectionis Privernatium cum querimoniis 2acceptae cladis venerunt. Volscorum item exercitum duce Antiati populo consedisse ad Satricum allatum 3est. Utrumque bellum Plautio sorte evenit. Prius ad Privernum profectus extemplo acie conflixit. Haud magno certamine devicti hostes; oppidum captum redditumque Privernatibus praesidio valido 4imposito; agri partes duae ademptae. Inde victor exercitus Satricum contra Antiates ductus. Ibi magna utrimque caede atrox proelium fuit; et cum tempestas eos neutro inclinata spe dimicantes diremisset, Romani nihil eo certamine tam ambiguo fessi 5in posterum diem proelium parant. Volscis recensentibus quos viros in acie amisissent haudquaquam idem animus ad iterandum periculum fuit; nocte




I. The consuls were now Gaius Plautius (for the b.c. 341second time) and Lucius Aemilius Mamercus, when the men of Setium and Norba brought tidings to Rome that the Privernates were in revolt, with complaints of a defeat suffered at their hands. It was also reported that a Volscian army, conducted by the Antiates, had encamped at Satricum. Both wars were by lot assigned to Plautius. He marched first on Privernum and at once gave battle. Without much ado he overcame the enemy, captured Privernum, and putting in it a strong garrison, restored it to the inhabitants, but deprived them of two-thirds of their territory. Thence he led his victorious army towards Satricum, to oppose the Antiates. The battle there, which was desperately fought, with heavy losses on both sides, was interrupted by a storm before victory had inclined to either army. The Romans, not a whit discouraged by so indecisive a struggle, prepared to do battle on the morrow; but the Volsci, when they reckoned up the men they had lost in the fighting, were by no means so eager to incur the danger a second time, and in the night marched off like beaten men

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.livy-history_rome_8.1926