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Cambridge Ecce Romani Latin for the New Millennium Wheelock Disce Allen & Greenough None of the above

Brev. VI.7.3

        Nam multis ducibus et duobus simul Romanorum consulibus victis

sexaginta fere milium armatorum exercitum congregaverunt


victique sunt in Apulia a M. Licinio Crasso pro consule,

et

    post multas calamitates Italiae tertio anno bello

huic est finis inpositus.


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  • ducibus ... et ... consulibus victis: Originally, the Senate sent the praetor Gaius Claudius Glaber and then the praetor Publius Varinius to face this uprising. After their defeat, the consuls Lucius Gellius Publicola and Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Clodianus were also sent, only to also be defeated. AblAbs
  • a M. Licinio Crasso: Though the People voted that Pompey should put an end to the war, Crassus took the initiative to end the war. He was aided by M. Lucullus, who had been returning from Thrace. Crassus' forces fought with Spartacus' forces in three successive battles. Spartacus was killed. Crassus went one step further. He crucified 6,000 of Spartacus' followers along the Appian Way, which was the road from Italy to Brundisium in the south, in order to make an example of them
  • pro consule: This type of power is generally granted to a former consul for a number of years after their consulship. They are usually sent off to govern a profitable province. Here, though, Crassus even though he had not yet served as a consul, was given proconsular authority in place of the two consuls who had just been killed.
  • est finis inpositus: Pompey rounded up some fugitives, who were fleeing north. Due to these actions, he claimed to have won the war.
 

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