Brennus, the king of the Gauls, in 390 B.C., led an army of 70,000 men into Italy, and after uninterrupted victories entered the city of Rome. Those citizens capable of bearing and using arms retreated to the citadel upon the Capitoline hill, but the most aged citizens of rank--priests, ex-consuls and generals--remained, clad in their robes of sacerdotal or official dignity, in the Forum, where they were murdered by the barbarians. Brennus then laid siege to the Capitol, the surrender of which, at the end of six months, he agreed to accept upon the payment of 1,000 pounds in gold. As the coin was being weighed the Gallic chief threw his sword into the scale, to increase the amount of the redemption money. [P. 16; see entry 04130001 for related commentary.]
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