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Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus - Cunctator (Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna)

Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus - Cunctator (Schloss Schönbrunn, Vienna)

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Fabius Maximus or more completely Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus (referring to a wart on his lip), was elected to five consulships, in 233, 228, 215, 214, and 209. Fabius Maximus was appointed dictator in 217 following a military emergency during the second Punic War in which C. Flaminius had been killed. Fabius Maximus had earlier opposed the aggressive military tactics of C. Flaminius, preferring a more defensive, delaying strategy. For this reason, Fabius Maximus is known as Cunctator, the Delayer. The tactic of wearing down Hannibal and the Phoenicians helped win the war for the Romans, although Fabius Maximus opposed the (successful) ultimate Roman expedition of Scipio Africanus in 205.

One of the major achievements of Fabius Maximus was the capture of Tarentum in 209.

Also Known As: Quintus Fabius Maximus Cunctator, Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, The Great Delayer

Examples: "To be turned from one's course by men's opinions, by blame, and by misrepresentation shows a man unfit to hold an office." Quintus Fabius Maximus, from Plutarch's Lives

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