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Introduction Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus was a Roman statesman who gained fame for his selfless devotion to the republic in a time of crisis and for giving up the reins of power when the crisis was over. Although he was a historical figure, his career has been much embellished by legend. In 458 BC, Cincinnatus was appointed dictator at Rome in order to rescue a consular army that was surrounded by the Aequi on Mount Algidus. When the call to duty came up he was found working his small farm. He accepted the request of the Senate to lead the Roman Army. He defeated the enemy in a single day and celebrated a triumphant return to Rome. Cincinnatus maintained his authority only long enough to bring Rome through the emergency—a mere fifteen days. He then resigned and went back to his farm.