Quintus Fabius Maximus Rullianus (4th Century BC)

Fabius Maximus
Fabius Maximus coin, issued under Augustus. The fact that the coin bears the image of Fabius, instead of that of Augustus, shows the friendship between the two of them.

Quintus Fabius Maximus, surname Rullianus
[fā′bē-əs măk′sĭ-məs rŭl-ē-ā′nəs], d. about 290 B.C.

Best known for defeat of the Samnites, Gauls, and Etruscans at Sentinum in 295 and serving in position of consul five times between 322 and 295 B.C. Also as dictator, master of horse, proconsul, censor and chief of the Senate.
Magistrate and military commander, dictator in 315 B.C. and consul. He was master of cavalry and a master horseman in the Second Samnite War (326-304) under the dictator Lucius Papirius Cursor. According to the Roman historian Livy, Fabius was indicted by Papirius in spite of his victory 325 over the Samnites for having violated orders in engaging the enemy. Although, not all accounts by Livy are trusted by scholars. However, according to the account by Livy, he was spared the death sentence on appeal of his father to the people. As dictator in 315 Fabius was defeated by the Samnites at Lautulae. During his fifth consulship (310) he defeated the Etruscans at the battle of the Vadimonian Lake (315), later (295), at the battle of Sentinum, he won a decisive victory over a combined force of Samnites, Gauls, Umbrians, and Etruscans.


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