2. L. Genucius
Clepsina, probably brother of the preceding, was consul in B. C. 271 with C. Quinctius Claudus.
He was sent to subdue the Campanian legion, which under Decius Jubellius had revolted from the Romans and made itself master of Rhegium.
After a long siege, Clepsina took the town; he straightway put to death all the loose vagabonds and robbers whom he found among the soldiers, but sent the remains of the legion (probably a few above 300, though the numbers vary in the different authorities) to Rome for trial, where they were scourged and beheaded. (Oros. 4.3
; Dionys. A. R. 20.7
in Mai's Excerpta; Appian, Samn.
9; Polyb. 1.7; Liv. Epit. 15
; Zonar. 8.6
; V. Max. 2.7.15
; Frontin. Strateg.
4.1.38.) Orosius and Dionysius are the only writers who mention the name of the consul, with the exception of Appian, who calls him by mistake Fabricius; and even the two former do not entirely agree. Orosius calls the consul Genucius simply, and places the capture of Rhegium in the year after that of Tarentum, by which L. Genucius would seem to be intended; while Dionysius, on the other hand, names him C. Genucius, and would thus appear to attribute the capture of the city to the consul of the following year (B. C. 270). [No. 1.]