In this episode we get to see the end of Veii. Forever. We also see the emergence of Marcus Furius Camillus.
Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast.
The Tale of Rome, Episode 23 — Don’t Cry for me, Veii.
It’s not for nothing that there is a saying like “Home Sweet Home,” in the English language.
I do not believe — not even for a minute that there is any language in the world, that does not have a phrase or expression along those lines, and I think, this also applies to the ancient Rome.
But, as we will see in this episode, this also counts for the enemies of Rome, and today we speak of two of Rome’s enemies: Fidenas and Veii.
The first was the only city south of the river Tiber, and the second was the most well-known Etruscan city, and probably the strongest city, in the entire Etruscan confederation.
Firstly, let’s remember that Veii and Rome were something like an image reflected in a mirror, each having power on one side of the Tiber, and each holding a small piece of land on the other side of the river.
The Etruscan holdout on the southern side of the Tiber, was some 5 miles upstream from Rome.
The Romans, meantime, kept control of the northern side of the Tiber, right in front of their own city gates.
The main Roman camp was commanded by Verginius, who refused to help unless Sergius actually asked for help.
Sergius — much too proud to do that, was finally forced to retire, and return to Rome.
The other guys, now alone, also had to other choice but to flee back to Rome.
Good job, you two!
Needless to say, both idiots were fired from their posts once the Senate heard the news.
Anyways, let’s go on.
Nothing of importance happened in the years 401 and 400 BC.
But in the year 399 BC the Capenats and the Faliscans made a second attempt to get rid of the Romans.
But, this time around, the Romans worked as a true team, and while the enemies attacked the Roman trenches, they were attacked by the Romans from behind, and they were forced to flee.
They suffered a second defeat, when they stumbled upon a Roman assault team, as they were returning home.
And then again, the next two years nothing of importance happened.
Finally, the year 396 BC was different. Really different!
Marcus Furius Camillus was named dictator, and this is a name we need to keep in our memory, because our next episode bears his name.