Summary of Book XII
ROMAN envoys having been put to death by the
Senonian Gauls, war was for that reason declared against
the Gauls, and Lucius Caecilius the praetor and his
legions were cut to pieces by them. The Tarentines
plundered a Roman fleet, slew the duumvir who commanded it, and maltreated the envoys whom the senate
had dispatched to them to complain of these wrongs.
on this account war was declared against them. The
Samnites revolted. several successful battles were fought
with them and with the Lucanians and the Brittii1
and the Etruscans, under a number of generals. Pyrrhus,
king of the Epirots, came to Italy to help the Tarentines.
a Campanian legion, commanded by Decius Vibellius,
being sent to protect the people of Regium,2
put the inhabitants to death and seized the city.