On the following day the dictator sold the inhabitants of free condition by auction: that was the only money applied to public use, not without resentment on the part of the people:
and for the spoil they brought home with them, they felt no obligation either to their commander, who in his search for abettors of his own parsimony, had referred to the senate a matter within his own jurisdiction, or to the senate, but to the Licinian family, of which the son had laid he matter before the senate, and the father had been the proposer of so popular a resolution.
When all human wealth had been carried away from Veii, they then began to remove the offerings to their gods and the gods themselves, but more after the manner of worshippers than of plunderers.
For youths selected from the entire army, to whom the charge of conveying queen Juno to Rome was assigned, after having thoroughly washed their bodies and arrayed themselves in white garments, entered her temple
with profound adoration, applying their hands at first with religious awe, because, according to the Etrurian usage, no one but a priest of a certain family had been accustomed to touch that statue. Then when some one, moved either by divine inspiration, or in youthful jocularity, said, “Juno, art thou willing to go to Rome,” the rest joined in shouting that the goddess had nodded assent.
To the story an addition was afterwards made, that her voice was heard, declaring that “she was willing.” Certain it is, we are informed that, having been raised from her pace by machines of trifling power, she was light and easily removed, like as if she [willingly] followed;
and that she was conveyed safe to the Aventine, her eternal seat, whither the vows of the dictator had invited her; where the same Camillus who had vowed it, afterwards dedicated a temple to her.
Such was the fall of Veii, the wealthiest city of the Etrurian nation, which even in its final overthrow demonstrated its greatness; for having been besieged for ten summers and winters without intermission, after it had inflicted considerably greater losses than it had sustained, eventually, fat now at length urging [its destruction], it was carried after all by the contrivances of art, not by force.