Marcus Manlius

(Marcus Manlius Capitolinus)

d. 384 BC

Marcus Manlius was the captain of the guards of the citadel on Capitoline Hill when the Gauls overran Rome. He heard the geese squawking and slew the Gauls that were climbing up the rock on the side of the Capitol. He was wealthy, and after the war used his money to help the poor people of Rome. For this he was called "Father of the Commons". The patricians became alarmed at his influence, had him tried for treason, and threw him off Tarpeian Rock.

Key events during the life of Marcus Manlius:

392 BC
Elected consul.
390 BC
Took refuge in Capitol when Rome was taken, and fought off Gauls.
384 BC
Tried for treason by jealous patricians, and thrown off Tarpeian Rock.

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Rome and the Gauls continued  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Great Disaster  in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
Sacred Geese  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Sacred Geese  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor
Gauls at Rome  in  Historical Tales: Roman  by  Charles Morris

Image Links

Just in time to hurl down the foremost of the attacking party
 in Stories from Ancient Rome

The geese of the Capitol, Motte
 in Famous Men of Rome

The Geese Save Rome
 in Greatest Nations - Germany

Short Biography
Brennus Leader of the Gauls who sacked Rome in 390 B.C.
Camillus Great military leader; conquered Veii, saved Rome from Gauls, organized legions.