Siege of Bovianum, 314-313 BC

The siege of Bovianum of 314-313 BC was a short-lived  Roman attempt to take advantage of their victory at Tarracina in 314. After winning that battle the consuls M. Poetilius and Caius Sulpicius Longus advanced to Bovianum, and besieged the city.

The Samnites were able to hold out until the end of the consul's term of office. In the following year they were replaced by L. Papirius Cursor and C. Junius Bubulcus, but according to Livy command of the army probably went to the dictator C. Poetilius.

The new commander continued the siege for part of the next year, but the Samnites then captured Fregellae. This was a more important position than Maleventum, and so the Romans abandoned the siege and moved off to retake Fregellae.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (4 December 2009), Siege of Bovianum, 314-313 BC ,

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