uard, and with a picked body of men not only repelled the sortie but made a bold dash through the open gate, and after cutting down many in the part of the city nearest to him, seized some fire and hurled it on the buildings which abutted on the
walls. The shouts of the towns-men mingled with the shrieks of the terrified women and children encouraged the Romans and dismayed the Volscians, who thought that the city which they had come to assist was already captured. So the troops from Antium were routed and Corioli
taken. The renown which Marcius won so completely eclipsed that of the consul, that, had not the treaty with the Latins —which owing to his colleague's absence had been concluded by Sp. Cassius alone — been inscribed on a brazen column, and so permanently recorded, all memory of Postumius Cominius having carried on a war with the Volscians would have perished.
In the same year Agrippa Menenius died, a man who all through his life was equally beloved by th