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  • n. a battle in the Apennines in 321 BC in which the Samnites defeated the Romans


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

    The Spartacus War

  • Take care! he will make of the first Rue Grenetat which comes to hand Caudine Forks.

    Les Miserables

  • But among those decorations should be a design of the Caudine Forks, under which pass a conquered people.

    G.K.'s Weekly - The Fortress of Property

  • Claudium [the Caudine Forks] ought not to be observed was the


  • After initial successes from 323–320 (326–322), a Roman army was trapped at the Caudine Forks in 319 (321), and Rome was forced to negotiate an unfavorable peace.

    f. The Conquest of Italy

  • Had it not been for the valor and promptness of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, his legates, and his army, Rome would now be in the power of Samnium, and we would be passing under the yoke just as we did after the Caudine Forks.

    Fortune's Favorites

  • In the past, Rome has been stretched to her very limits to beat one or two of the Italian nations — is there anyone here who has forgotten the Caudine Forks?

    The Grass Crown

  • "Why not just require us to pass under the yoke, Gaius Papius, as the Samnites did after the battle of the Caudine Forks two hundred years ago?" he asked.

    The Grass Crown

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


  • Messrs. Rappin and Jebb, the famous cutlers, have been approached with a view to furnish the necessary implements for the portrayal of the tragedy of the Caudine Forks.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 192-06-30


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