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Gnaeus Octavius


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Became consul 87 bc with Cornelius Cinna, whose attempt to reverse Sulla's legislation he opposed, finally driving Cinna and his supporters out of Rome after a massacre in the Forum. He had Cinna deposed and the flamen Dialis (see flamines) elected in his place, thus assuring himself of sole power. Cinna collected an army, and was joined by Marius, Papirius Carbo and Sertorius. Besieged in Rome, Octavius summoned Pompeius Strabo and Caecilius Metellus Pius to aid him, but after Pompeius' death Metellus withdrew and his army disintegrated. The senate finally surrendered Rome to Cinna, and Octavius, refusing to flee, was killed wearing his consular robes, and his head was displayed in the Forum.

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