836), Huschke (Staatsverfass. Serv. Tull. Breslau. 1838), and Walther (Geschicht. Röm. Recht, vol. i. p. 136). Fabius seems to have cancelled the changes introduced by Appius the Blind in his censorship, B. C. 312 [APP. CLAUDIUS, No. 10], by confining the libertini to the four city tribes: he also probably increased the political importance of the equites. (Liv. 9.46; V. Max. 2.2.9; Aurel. Vict. Vir. Ill. 32; Plin. Nat. 15.4; comp. Dionys. A. R. 6.13, 15.) Fabius does not appear again till B. C. 297, when he was consul for the fifth time, according to Livy (10.13), against his own wishes; but the annalist of the Fabian house whom Livy copied probably veiled or suppressed in this year a strong opposition to his re-election by the Appian party. (Liv. 10.15.) Samnium was again his province, but the result of his campaign is doubtful.
In the following year Fabius was consul for the sixth time, and conmmanded at the great battle of Sentinum, when the combined armies of the Samnites, Gauls,