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Brennus (ca. 391 BC) Chief of the Celtic Gauls


  • Vae Victis!
    • Latin: Woe to the Defeated
    • See Livy v. 33-49; Plutarch, Camillus, 17, 22, 28; Polybius i. 6, ii. 18; Dion. Halic. xiii. 7
    • Variant translation: Down with the defeated!
    • His statement to the conquered Romans following the capture of Rome (circa 390 BC), as quoted in Livy Ab urbe condita, bk. 5, ch. 48, section 9 (reference taken from 1997's Chambers Dictionary of Quotations, p. 187).

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