Zonaras 7.10 Part IV: The Destruction of Gabii

NOTE: Zonaras returns! Earlier this fall, a technical problem (tea on laptop) combined with a moderately soul-crushing semester interrupted my momentum on the project of translating all of Zonaras’ history of Rome, but I will be returning to regular small installments. This portion, the last segment of 7.10, plunges one in medias res, so you may consider catching up on previous installments.

Tarquinius Superbus Gives ‘Security Clearance’ to His Son:

“And then Sextus thus fell upon the people of Gabii; he killed the nobles and gave their possessions to the poor. Subsequently, when some had been killed and the rest were either deceived or entrusted all things to him, he took the city with some of his Roman guards and Gabian deserters (which he had gathered together for that purpose) and gave it to his father. Superbus entrusted the management of the city to his son, while he himself proceeded to conduct various wars against other peoples.”

Καὶ ὁ Σέξτος οὖν οὕτω τοὺς Γαουίνους μετῆλθε, καὶ τοὺς μὲν κρείττους ἀπώλλυε, τῷ πλήθει δὲ τὰ σφῶν διένειμε χρήματα. καὶ μετὰ τοῦτο τῶν μὲν διαφθαρέντων ἤδη, τῶν δὲ λοιπῶν ἠπατημένων καὶ πάντα πιστευόντων αὐτῷ, μετὰ τῶν αἰχμαλώτων ῾Ρωμαίων καὶ τῶν αὐτομόλων, οὓς πολλοὺς διὰ τοῦτο συνήθροισε, κατέσχε τὴν πόλιν καὶ τῷ πατρὶ παραδέδωκε. καὶ ὃς ἐκείνης τῷ υἱῷ παρεχώρησεν, αὐτὸς δὲ πρὸς ἄλλα ἐπολέμησεν ἔθνη.

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