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Meanwhile Marius the younger, at the point of being captured,1 slew himself; and Sulla, coming to Praeneste, at first gave each man there a separate trial before he executed him, but afterwards, since time failed him, gathered them all together in one place[mdash ]there were twelve thousand of them[mdash ]and gave orders to slaughter them, his host alone receiving immunity. But this man, with a noble spirit, told Sulla that he would never owe his safety to the slayer of his country, and joining his countrymen of his own accord, was cut down with them.

1 According to Appian (Bell. Civ. i. 94), as he was trying to escape from Praeneste by an underground passage.

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