Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus
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|Proculus Verginius Tricostus Rutilus|
|Consul of the Roman Republic|
|Reign||471 BC, 468 BC, 465 BC, 446 BC, 443 BC, and 439 BC|
Titus Quinctius Capitolinus Barbatus was a Roman statesman and general who served as Consul in 471 BC, 468 BC, 465 BC, 446 BC, 443 BC, and 439 BC. Titus Quinctius was a member of the gens Quinctia, one of the oldest patrician families in Rome.
In 471 BC Titus Quinctius was elected consul with Appius Claudius Sabinus, the latter chosen by the Senate, because of the hostility that his father manifested towards the plebs. As the patricians wished Appius Claudius Sabinus opposed the tribune, including Publilius Volero who want to pass a law establishing the election of the tribunes of the plebs by the Tribal Assembly, tribe by tribe, excluding the vote patricians. There was concern that this would strengthen the representativeness of the tribunes. Titus Quinctius addressed the population more conciliatory and forced Claudius to retreat into the Curie. There, the senators urge Claudius to abandon his intransigent attitude, which may have led to civil unrest. Isolated and lacking political support, Claudius allowed the vote. The law that he opposed was passed and the Lex Publilia Voleronis was proclaimed. Recognizing that political turmoil had weakened Rome, their enemies Volsci and Aequi conduct raids on Roman territory. Quinctius command the effort against Aequi while Claudius command the effort against the Volsci. Furious at having to yield to the Plebeian Council, Claudius treated his soldiers, from the plebs, with brutality. The soldiers fled in disorder when the Volsci attacked. Defeated militarily, Claudius ordered the whipping and beheading all officers who have left their ranks. He was charged at the end of its mandate for his opposition to the agrarian law and the tribunes of the plebs, but died before the end of the trial. The campaign against the Aequi, on the other hand, proceeded without dissension. Titus Quinctius left all the benefits of looting to his men, and returned to Rome with glory and reconciliation between the plebs and the Senate.
In 468 BC, together with Quintus Servilius Priscus Structus, Titus Quinctius was again elected consul. Again, he triumphed over Volsci, which he fought together with Anzio. He was a member of the triumvir agris dandis assignandisque, he was involved in the creation of some Colonia and become involved in the Roman territory with its capital at Anzio, which earned him more supporters.
After a long break he was again elected to the consulship alongside Agrippa Furius Fusus in 446 BC. The latter came with his troops into an ambush of Aequi to free a reserve army summoned him by Titus Quinctius.
In 443 BC, together with Marcus Geganius Macerinus, Titus Quinctius was elected to his fifth consulship.
Once again, for the sixth time overall, he held jointly with Menenius Agrippa Lanatus the consulship in 439 BC. A coup was launched during this time but it was quickly put down by Titus Quinctius's choice for Dictator, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. Immediately afterwords, Cincinnatus resigned as Dictator and handed power back to the Senate.
Family and Death
Titus Quinctius had a son of the same name who reached the consulship in 421 BC. According to Livy, in 423 BC at the age 90 years, Titus Quinctius was still alive.