A town of Samnium, on the Appian Way, distant, according to the itineraries, twenty-two
Roman miles from Cluvia, which is itself ten miles northeast of Beneventum. The term Tuticus
is Oscan, equivalent to the Latin magnus.
Much discussion has arisen
among geographers as to the precise situation of this place. The branch of the Appian Way on
which Equus Tuticus stood runs nearly parallel with that which Horace seems to have followed
in his well-known journey to Brundisium. Horace, in speaking (according to the scholiasts) of
Equus Tuticus, alludes to the unmanageable nature of the name in verse, Mansuri
oppidulo, quod versu dicere non est
i. 5, 87
). Modern scholars do not think Equus Tuticus to have been the town in
question, but it was certainly on the road from Rome to Brundisium (Ad Att.
1.1), and no more likely place has been suggested as the one that Horace had in mind. See
Palmer ad loc.