A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology

Smith, William

A Dictionary of Greek and Roman biography and mythology. William Smith, LLD, ed. 1890

3. T.QuinctiusCincinnatusPennus, L. F. L. N., son of L. Cincinnatus, and son-in-law of A. Postumius Tubertus, was consul in B. C. 431. In this year the Aequians and Volscians renewed their attacks, and encamped on mount Algidus. The danger was so pressing, that it was resolved to appoint a dictator. The opposition of the consuls was overruled; and Cincinnatus, to whose lot it fell to do so, named as dictator his father-in-law. Cincinnatus and Postumius then led separate armies against the enemy, who sustained a severe defeat. (Liv. 4.26_29.) Cincinnatus was again consul in 428 (Liv. 4.30; Diod. 12.75) and consular tribune in 426. (Liv. 4.31; Diod. 12.80.) With two of his colleagues he commanded against the Veientians, but sustained a defeat, on which Aemilius Mamercus was appointed dictator. In the capacity of legatus he aided the dictator in the victory which he gained over the Veientians and Fidenatians. Having been subsequently brought to trial for his ill-conduct against the Veientians, he was acquitted on the ground of his services under the dictators, Postumius and Aemilius. (Liv. 4.41.)