Caudine Forks


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Caudine Forks

(ˈkɔːdaɪn)
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(Placename) a narrow pass in the Apennines, in S Italy, between Capua and Benevento: scene of the defeat of the Romans by the Samnites (321 bc)
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Noun1.Caudine Forks - a battle in the Apennines in 321 BC in which the Samnites defeated the Romans
Apennines - a mountain range extending the length of the Italian peninsula
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As a case study let us examine Livy's narrative of one of the most notorious incidents in Roman history, the disastrous Roman defeat by the Samnites at the Caudine Forks in 321B.
Plutarch at Moralia 347A asserted that [MATHEMATICAL EXPRESSION NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], `the most powerful historian is the one who forms an image in the mind through emotions and characters and makes his narrative like a painting`, and thus would certainly have approved of the way in which Livy uses the visual dimension in his narrative of the Caudine Forks to intensify our perceptions of the participants' feelings.
The echoes here of Livy's Caudine Forks surrender scene are quite clear.