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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
 
Brennus
 
        [A chief of the Gaulish tribe of the Senones; invaded the Roman State about 390 B.C.: having entered Rome, he found the city deserted, except by some aged senators, who were murdered in their ivory chairs. The Capitol was, however, defended by a garrison, which was saved from a night attack by the cackling of some geese.]
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Væ victis!
          Brennus consented to leave Rome upon the payment of one thousand talents. Reproached with using false measures, he threw his sword into the scale, exclaiming, “Woe to the conquered!”—PLUTARCH: Life of Camillus (by whom the Gauls were finally expelled).
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