Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was a Roman consul (460 BCE) and dictator (458 and 439 BCE), a legendary figure in the early days of the Roman Republic. He responded to a call from the city fathers, left his plow lying in the fields, donned his senatorial toga, and led the Roman army to victory over the invading Aequi, only to return to his small farm 15 days later. For generations, he served as the symbol to Romans young and old of what a loyal citizen ought to aspire.

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  • 460 BCE
    Consulship of Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.
  • 458 BCE
    Cincinnatus leaves his plow, defeats the Aequi as dictator, and returns to his land in 15 days.
  • 439 BCE
    Second dictatorship of Cincinnatus.