2. M. Caedicius
, is said to have told the tribunes of the plebs, in B. C. 391, that he had heard, in the silence of the night, a superhuman voice, commanding him to inform the magistrates that the Gauls were coming. (Liv. 5.32
; Plut. Camill.
14; Zonaras, 7.23
This appears to be the same Caedicius, a centurion, who was elected as their commander by the Romans that had fled to Veii after the destruction of the city by the Gauls, B. C. 390.
He led out his countrymen against the Etruscans, who availed themselves of the misfortunes of the Romans to plunder the Veientine territory.
After this he proposed that Camillus should be invited to become their general, and according to another account he himself carried to Camillus the decree of the senate appointing him to the command. (Liv. 5.45
; Appian, Celt.