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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.