Flaminius in Roman Biography

Fla-min'i-us, (Caius,) a Roman general, noted for his valour, became tribune of the people in 232 B.C., and procured the passage of an agrarian law which was violently opposed by the Optimates. In 225 or 223 he was elected consul, and led an army against the Gauls. Having been chosen consul a second time, he commanded at the battle of Lake Thrasymene, where, after a brave and desperate resistance, the Romans were defeated by Hannibal, and Flaminius was slain, in 217 B.C. During this battle an earthquake destroyed the greater part of several cities of Italy; but it is said the armies were entirely unconscious of its shock. The I " Via Flaminia," a great highway, was made during his censorship, and named in his honour. His son Caius was consul in 185 B.C., and defeated the Ligurians. See Niebuhr, "Lectures on Roman History;" Livy, "History of Rome," books xxi. and xxii.

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