Zonaras 7.6 Part II – Destruction of Alba Longa; Death of Tullus Hostilius

Mettius Fufetius betrays the Romans; Alba Longa is destroyed for its perfidy; Tullus Hostilius dies as Romulus did

The citizens of Alba Longa then fell under the power of the Romans (though they later disregarded their pledges) and they were summoned as subjects to assist the Romans in battle. When it was learned that they had shifted to the enemies in an opportune part of the battle and had set upon the Romans, they were punished. Many of them were stretched out and torn asunder, including their leader Mettius Fufetius; the rest were compelled to emigrate, and their city of Alba Longa was razed to the ground, after having in some way been considered the mother city to Rome for 500 years.

Tullus Hostilius was famed for his rather violent power against his enemies, but he was careless of religion. When a pestilential illness befell him, though, even he inclined somewhat to fear the gods. He is said to have ended his life after being struck by lightning, or perhaps as the result of a conspiracy formed by Ancus Martius, the grandson (as has been noted) of Numa. Tullus Hostilius reigned over the Romans for thirty two years.

Mettius Fufettius is torn apart for betraying the Romans.

Οἱ δὲ ᾿Αλβανοὶ τότε μὲν ὑπήκοοι τῶν ῾Ρωμαίων ἐγένοντο, ὕστερον δὲ τὰς συνθήκας ἀθετήσαντες, καὶ ὡς ὑπήκοοι πρὸς συμμαχίαν κληθέντες, μεταθέσθαι δὲ πρὸς τοὺς πολεμίους ἐν τῷ καιρῷ τῆς μάχης ἐπιχειρήσαντες καὶ συνεπιθέσθαι ῾Ρωμαίοις, γνωσθέντες ἐκολάσθησαν· καὶ πολλοὶ μὲν ἐκτάνθησαν καὶ ὁ αὐτῶν ἐξηγούμενος Μέττιος, οἱ ἄλλοι δὲ μετανάστασιν ἔπαθον, καὶ ἡ πόλις αὐτῶν ῎Αλβα κατεσκάφη, πεντακόσιά που ἔτη ῾Ρωμαίοις νομισθεῖσα μητρόπολις.

Πρὸς μὲν οὖν τοὺς πολεμίους ὁ Τοῦλλος κράτιστος ἔδοξε, τοῦ θείου δὲ παρημέλει. νόσου δ’ ἐνσκηψάσης λοιμώδους καὶ αὐτὸς νοσήσας εἰς δεισιδαιμονίαν ἀπέκλινεν. ἐσχηκέναι μέντοι τοῦ βίου λέγεται τέλος καταφλεχθεὶς ὑπὸ κεραυνῶν, ἢ ἐπιβουλευθεὶς ὑπὸ Μαρκίου ῎Αγκου, ὃς θυγατριδοῦς ἐτύγχανεν, ὡς εἴρηται, τοῦ Νόμα. ἐβασίλευσε δὲ ῾Ρωμαίων ἔτη δύο ἐπὶ τριάκοντα.

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