Flaminius, Caius

Flaminius, Caius kāˈəs fləmĭnˈēəs, kīˈəs [key], d. 217 b.c., Roman statesman and general. In his tribuneship (232) he sponsored an agrarian law for the benefit of the plebeians and, as praetor (227), governed Sicily successfully. While consul (223) he campaigned against the Insubres and although chosen master of the horse (221) was barred from office by the occurrence of a bad omen. As censor (220) he constructed the Circus Flaminius and the Flaminian Way. In 218 he was the only senator to support the tribune Claudius in prohibiting senators and senators' sons from possession of seagoing vessels except for the transportation of the produce of their own estates. As consul again (217) he was a leader against Hannibal in the invasion of Italy, and he was killed in battle at Trasimene. See Punic Wars.

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