Thursday, April 1, 2010

Roman General: Gaius Fabricius Luscinus

Gaius Fabricius Luscinus, Roman general and statesman, hero of the war against King Pyrrhus of Epirus. Traditional stories exaggerated his qualities and represented Fabricius Luscinus as the model of Roman self-denial and incorruptibility.

As consul in 282 B.C., Fabricius relieved the siege of Thurii and defeated forces of Samnites, Bruttians, and Lucanians. After Rome's defeat by Pyrrhus at Heraclea in 280, he twice headed embassies to Pyrrhus. Tradition reports that he steadfastly refused bribes offered both by Pyrrhus and by Pyrrhus' enemies. In 278, during his second consulship, Fabricius negotiated a treaty with Heraclea and earned notable victories over Pyrrhus' Sabellian allies and the Tarentines. His career was climaxed by his election as censor in 275.

Gaius Fabricius Luscinus died around mid 3rd century B.C.