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Falto

3. M. Valerius Falto, one of the envoys sent by the senate, B. C. 205, to Attalus I. king of Pergamus. Their mission was to fetch the Idaean mother to Italy, according to an injunction of the Sibylline Books. Falto was of quaestorian rank at this time, but the date of his quaestorian is not known. On the return of the envoys to Rome Falto was sent forward to announce the message of the Delphic oracle, which they had consulted on their journey, to the senate--" The best man in the state must welcome the goddess or her representative on her landing." (Liv. 29.11.) Falto was one of the curule aediles, B. C. 203, when a supply of Spanish grain enabled those magistrates to sell corn to the poor at a sesterce the bushel. (30.26.) Falto was praetor B. C. 201. His province was Bruttium, and two legions were allotted to him. (30.40, 41.)

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