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34. The latter entered the gates pell-mell with the enemy, and as soon as they had mounted the walls they signalled to their friends that the city was taken. [2] The Dictator had now reached the enemies' abandoned camp, and his soldiers were anxious to disperse in quest of booty, but when he saw the signal he reminded them that there was richer spoil in the city, and led them up to the gate. Once within the walls he proceeded to the citadel, toward which he saw the crowd of fugitives rushing. [3] The slaughter in the city was not less than there had been in the battle, until, throwing down their arms, they surrendered to the Dictator and begged that at least their lives might be spared. [4] The city and camp were plundered. The following day the cavalry and centurions each received one prisoner, selected by lot, as their slave, those who had shown conspicuous gallantry, two; the rest were sold ‘under the chaplet.’1

The Dictator led back in triumph to Rome his victorious army laden with spoil. [5] After ordering the Master of the Horse to resign his office, he resigned office himself on the sixteenth day after his nomination, surrendering amidst peace [6??] the sovereign power which he had assumed at a time of war and danger.

Some of the annalists have recorded a naval engagement with the Veientines at Fidenae, an incident as difficult as it is incredible. [7] Even to-day the river is not broad enough for this, and we learn from ancient writers that it was narrower then. Possibly, in their desire for a vain-glorious inscription, as often happens, they magnified a gathering of ships to prevent the passage of the river into a naval victory.

1 When prisoners of war were to be sold as slaves, chaplets or garlands were placed on their heads to indicate their destination. The proceeds of the sale went into the national exchequer.

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