The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol 2

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Author: Henry G. Liddell  | Date: B.C. 450

Legend of Siccius Dentatus

In the army sent against the Sabines, Siccius Dentatus was known as the bravest man. He was then serving as a centurion; he had fought in one hundred and twenty battles; he had slain eight champions in single combat; had saved the lives of fourteen citizens; had received forty wounds, all in front; had followed in nine triumphal processions,and had won crowns and decorations without number. This gallant veteran had taken an active part in the civil contests between the two orders, and was now suspected, by the decemvirs commanding the Sabine army, of plotting against them. Accordingly they determined to get rid of him; and for this end they sent him out as if to reconnoitre, with a party of soldiers, who were secretly instructed to murder him. Having discovered their design, he set his back against a rock and resolved to sell his life dearly. More than one of his assailants fell and the rest stood at bay around him, not venturing to come within sword’s length, when one wretch climbed up the rock behind and crushed the brave old man with a massive stone. But the manner of his death could not be hidden from the army, and the generals only prevented an out-break by honoring him with a magnificent funeral.

Such was the state of things in the Sabine army.

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Chicago: Henry G. Liddell, "Legend of Siccius Dentatus," The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol 2 in The Great Events by Famous Historians. Lincoln Memorial University Edition, ed. Rossiter Johnson (Harrogate, TN: The National Alunmi, 1926), 8. Original Sources, accessed April 25, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D187FUYTXNK56Q7.

MLA: Liddell, Henry G. "Legend of Siccius Dentatus." The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol 2, in The Great Events by Famous Historians. Lincoln Memorial University Edition, edited by Rossiter Johnson, Harrogate, TN, The National Alunmi, 1926, page 8. Original Sources. 25 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D187FUYTXNK56Q7.

Harvard: Liddell, HG, 'Legend of Siccius Dentatus' in The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol 2. cited in 1926, The Great Events by Famous Historians. Lincoln Memorial University Edition, ed. , The National Alunmi, Harrogate, TN, pp.8. Original Sources, retrieved 25 April 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D187FUYTXNK56Q7.