2. L. Cornelius
Lentulus, L. F., son of the last (Liv. l.c.
), consul in B. C. 327.
He commanded an army of observation against the Samnites just before the second Samnite war, B. C. 324. (Liv. 8.22
He was legate in the Caudine campaign, five years after, and advised the consuls to accept the terms offered by the enemy. (Liv. 9.4
.) Next year he was dictator, and he probably was the officer who avenged the disgrace of the Furculae Caudinae.
This was indeed disputed (Liv. 9.15
); but his descendants at least claimed the honour for him, by assuming the agnomen of Caudinus. [See No. 6.]