Julius Ceasar was dictator of Rome until his death. Lucius Cornelius Sulla resigned from the dictatorship after reorganising the state in favor of the senate. How long was Cincinnatus dictator of Rome?
#43753. Asked by guiscard. (Jan 26 04 9:05 PM)
In 458 Cincinnatus was appointed dictator at Rome in order to rescue a consular army that was surrounded by the Aequi on Mount Algidus. When the call to duty came up he was found working his small farm. He accepted the request of the Senate to lead the Roman Army. He defeated the enemy in a single day and celebrated a triumphant return to Rome. Cincinnatus maintained his authority only long enough to bring Rome through the emergency—a mere fifteen days. He then resigned and went back to his farm. Legend has it that Cincinnatus was given a second dictatorship in 439 to check the monarchical ambitions of Spurius Maelius after which he again returned to his farm after the crisis, but most scholars see no factual truth in this story.
Jan 26 04, 9:20 PM
Super work DogRL. From memory the second dictatorship was alleged to have lasted four days (source Livy?) Here is a man to be respected and admired. Puts down his hoe to lead his city ably and well, and then picks it back up again when the work is done. Note that the date is BC of course (or BCE for the newfangled among us).
Jan 27 04, 11:06 PM
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