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Titus Livius (Livy), The History of Rome, Book 9 (ed. Benjamin Oliver Foster, Ph.D.), chapter 36 (search)
in those days the Ciminian Forest was more impassable and appalling than were lately the wooded defiles of Germany,Livy is probably thinking of the German campaigns of Caesar in 55 and 53, and of Agrippa in 38 B.C. and no one —not even a trader —had up to that time visited it. to enter it was a thing that hardly anyone but the general himself was bold enough to do: with all the rest the recollection of the Caudine Forks was still too vivid. then one of those present, the consul's brother Marcus Fabius, —some say that it was Caeso Fabius, others Gaius Claudius, a son of the same mother as the consul —offered to explore and return in a short time with definite information about everything. he had been educated at Caere in the house of family friends, and from this circumstance was learned in Etruscan writings and knew the Etruscan language well. i have authority for believing thatB.C. 310 in that age Roman boys were regularly wont to be schooled in Etruscan literature