The Senons attack and sack the city, all the while Marcus Furius Camillus is banned from Rome.
Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast.
The Tale of Rome, Episode 25 — Here come the Gauls.
Last week we saw how Marcus Furius Camillus was exiled from Rome, after having conquered Veii, and after having doubled Rome’s landmass.
As for Veii, the city became a ghost town.
The peasants around Veii — who were initially not disturbed by Rome, were quickly absorbed by a few patrician senators, who took their farms, livelihood, and anything else they had left.
In fact, most of Rome’s new lands fell into the hands of a really small group of Patricians, and Rome felt like the king of the heap.
But — as the saying goes, the higher you fly, the harder you fall, and this was no exception to the rule.
And then, something that wasn’t supposed to happen, happened.
One of the Roman ambassadors, to be more exact, Quintus Ambustus put a sword in the guts of a Gaul. The Gaul turned out to be one of Brennus’ own counselors.
I can imagine blood swelling out of his guys’ chest like a Roman fountain, until the tall, thick guy finally collapsed on the floor.
Everyone stopped for an instant, and Brennus himself jumped back.
After a pause that must have felt like a whole century, Brennus withdrew from the Hall, and all his Gauls followed suit.
People still did not understand what exactly happened, but the only thing everyone understood, was that the chief of the Gauls was more furious than a caged lion, in a city that had its lion games banned, by imperial decree.
Immediately, the three brothers left the Senate, and embarked on their way back to Rome, at full speed.
The diplomatic mission failed, and the brothers — as ambassadors, they were supposed to be totally neutral, failed as well.
A day later, envoys of Brennus arrived at the gates of Rome, and they were immediately escorted to the Senate of Rome.