World Civilization Chapter 5

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Cincinnatus Saves Rome: A Roman Morality Tale". I do believe Livy's story appears to be historically valid. Livy provided numerous stories which taught the Romans the virtues that had made Rome great. I believe his version of "Cincinnatus Saves Rome: A Roman Morality Tale" was not anything different, and that it was and example of accounts that happened before. This particular story tales of a dictator (Cincinnatus) who took total control for 15 days before defeating Aequi and returning back to his simple farming way of life. There is nothing in the writing that states that this is not possible although, the text I previously read discussed council of the plebs, the centuriate assembly, and the senate which were all controlled by groups, not an individual, I still believe Livy's story must have had some truth to it. The "common folk" were probably less pleased than the officials at seeing the Dictator because they were less fortunate or without wealth and therefore had no voice. They had no choice except to do as they were told (which was probably to fight) and I am sure many of the feared for their lives. According to the text, "they thought his power excessive and dreaded the way in which he was likely to use it". I believe their fears were very accurate and I believe their views twenty days later of him likely to have been in total awe, that someone from his walk of life and social status could have prevailed in something that was so likely to have been detrimental. The elements in this story that inspired later generations to hail Cincinnatus as "the noblest Roman of them all" were the fact the he took control only as long as necessary and relinquished his authority and returned to his family when his assignment was completed, also his awareness in knowing when, how, and where to attack to be victorious.