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Caudine Forks

[kaw-dahyn] /ˈkɔ daɪn/
plural noun
1.
two mountain passes in S Italy, in the Apennines near Benevento.
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Caudine Forks

/ˈkɔːdaɪn/
plural noun
1.
a narrow pass in the Apennines, in S Italy, between Capua and Benevento: scene of the defeat of the Romans by the Samnites (321 bc)
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narrow mountain pass near Beneventum in ancient Samnium (near modern Montesarchio, Campania, southern Italy). In the Battle of Caudine Forks the Samnites under Gavius Pontius defeated and captured a Roman army in 321 BC, during the Second Samnite War. The Roman army surrendered, and acknowledged that they had been defeated by passing under a "yoke" of Samnite spears, a unique disgrace.

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