and it was left for darkness, as though descending on a battle —field, to end the struggle.
The master of the horse was commanded to appear next day; but since everyone assured him that Papirius would be more violent than ever, aroused as he was and exasperated by the opposition he had met with, he slipped out of the camp and fled to Rome.
there, with the approval of his father, who had thrice been consul, and dictator to boot, he at once assembled the senate,It was not until 216 B.C. that the senate was a second time convened by a master of the horse (xxiii. xxv. 3). and had reached, in his speech to the senators, the very point where he was complaining of the violence and injury offered him by the dictator, when a sudden noise was heard outside the Curia, as the lictors cleared the way, and Papirius himself, in high dudgeon, appeared before them;
for he had learned of the other's departure from the camp, and taking a troop of light horse had pursued him.