ot; some were slaughtered in the midst, others were scattered abroad in flight.
The foot —soldiers surrounded those who resisted and put them to the sword; the cavalry made havoc of the fugitives, amongst whom perished their general himself.
this defeat, after all that had gone before, so broke the spirit of the Samnites, that in all their councils they began to murmur that it was no wonder if they met with no success in an impious war, undertaken in violation of a treaty,That of 341 B.C. see chap. ii § 4, and (for the violation) chap. xxii. § 7 and chap. xxiii. § 1. for the gods had even more right than men to be incensed with them.
they would have to pay a heavy price to expiate this war and atone for it; the only question was, should they offer atonement with the blood of the guilty few or with that of the innocent multitude? some ventured at this juncture to nameB.C. 333 those who had been responsible for the war.
one name in particular could be distinguished