returning thence, the men of Tibur closed their gates against them.
Many complaints had before this been bandied back and forth between the two peoples, but this new offence made the Romans finally determine that after sending the fetials to demand redress they would declare war on the Tiburtine people.
It is well established that Titus Quinctius Poenus was dictator that year and that Servius Cornelius Maluginensis was master of the horse.
Licinius MacerTribune of the plebs in 73 B.C. and author of annals written from the democratic standpoint (Introd. p. xxix). states that the appointment was for the purpose of holding an election and was made by Licinius the consul, who, because his colleague was in haste to hold the election before the campaign, so that he might succeed himself in the consulship, felt obliged to thwart his evil designs.
But the praise which he seeks to bestow on his own family makes the testimony of Licinius less weighty, and since I find no ment