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[4] The same fate overtook Lucretius, his colleague, also, so that dismay fell upon the Romans, and they fled for safety towards the city. But as the enemy were forcing their way onto the wooden bridge, Rome was in danger of being taken by storm. Horatius Cocles,1 however, first, and with him two of the most illustrious men of the city, Herminius and Lartius, defended the wooden bridge against them.

1 The exploit of Horatius is much more dramatically narrated by Livy (ii. 10).

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