as though the gods had already turned away, rejecting the proffered appeasement of their anger —filled the people with fear.
And so when Gnaeus Genucius and Lucius Aemilius Mamercus (for the second time) were consuls, and men's minds were more troubled by the search for means of propitiation than were their bodies by disease, it is said that the elders recollected that a pestilence had once been allayed by the dictator's driving a nail.The instance here referred to may have occurred in 435 B.C., when Quintus Servilius Prisous was dictator (Iv. xxi 6-9).
Induced thereto by this superstition, the senate ordered the appointment of a dictator to drive the nail.
Lucius Manlius Imperiosus was appointed, and named Lucius Pinarius master of the horse.
There is an ancient law, recorded in archaic words and letters, that the chief magistrate shall on the thirteenth of September drive a nail; the tablet was formerly affixed to the right side of the temple of Jupiter Optimus Max