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  • adj. Of or pertaining to Caudium.


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  • Apart from the unbending heroism shown by the conquered, it may be called the Caudine

    The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)

  • In fact, Roman history was littered with failure, from the Allia to the Caudine Forks to Cannae.

    The Spartacus War

  • Caudine forks, and when they did not want to follow the advice of that old man who counselled them that they should allow the Romans to go honorably, or to kill them all; but by taking a middle way, disarming them and putting them under the yoke, they allowed them to go full of ignominy and anger.


  • Samnites, in order to close in the Roman army within the Caudine forks, who, having placed his army behind a mountain, sent some of his soldiers under the dress of shepherds with a large herd upon the plain; who, being taken by the Romans and asked where the army of the Samnites was, all agreed according to the orders given by


  • Napoleon, however, had at least averted a repetition of the disaster of the Caudine Forks.


  • Certain small split pegs were seated astride across the nose of the old woman and that of another player, whilst the third was significantly and cunningly winking his eye and seeming to enjoy seeing them victimised upon these new Caudine Forks.

    The Man-Wolf and Other Tales

  • "Caudine forks," reminding them all too forcibly of their conquerors, the destruction of their beloved city, and the bitter humiliation they have ever since suffered.

    Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo Comprising a Tour Through North and South Italy and Sicily with a Short Account of Malta

  • Montesarchio, southeast of Benevento, is probably in the neighbourhood of the ancient Caudium on the Appian Way; from which the famous pass, so fateful to the Romans, was named the Caudine

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Though admitted to Roman citizenship they had revolted to the Samnites after the Caudine disaster and allowed them to garrison their city.

    The History of Rome, Vol. II

  • They said that the Roman army was hemmed in; it was the Caudine disaster over again; the old recklessness had again led a nation always greedy for further conquests into an impassable forest; they were beset by the difficulties of the ground quite as much as by hostile arms.

    The History of Rome, Vol. II


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