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Equus Tutĭcus

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 Hor. Sat. 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. vi. 1.1), and no more likely place has been suggested as the one that Horace had in mind. See Palmer ad loc.

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