cincinnatus & mars

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

(520BC – 430BC)

Cincinnatus was a Roman aristocrat and statesman whose service as consul in 460 BC and dictator in 458 BC and 439 BC made him a model of civic virtue.

Cincinnatus was regarded by the Romans, especially the aristocratic patrician class, as one of the heroes of early Rome and as a model of Roman virtue and simplicity.  He was a persistent opponent of the plebeians.  When his son, Caeso Quinctius, was convicted and condemned to death, Cincinnatus was forced to live in humble circumstances, working on his own small farm, until an invasion caused him to be called to serve Rome as dictator, an office which he immediately resigned after completing his task of defeating the rivaling tribes of the Aequians, Sabines, and Volscians. 

His immediate resignation of his absolute authority with the end of the crisis has often been cited as an example of outstanding leadership, service to the greater good, civic virtue, lack of personal ambition and modesty.  As a result, he has inspired a number of organizations and other entities, many of which are named in his honor.



Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian in early roman mythology. He was second in importance only to Jupiter and Neptune and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army.  Mars was a part of the Archaic Triad along with Jupiter and Quirinus, the latter of whom as a guardian of the Roman people.  Although the center of Mars' worship was originally located outside the sacred boundary of Rome, Augustus made the god a renewed focus of Roman religion by establishing the Temple of Mars Ultor in his new forum.  Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace, and was a father of the Roman people.

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