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  Statue of Cincinnatus at Sawyer Point
by Stephen-KarenConn

Favorite thing: The City of Cincinnati was founded in 1788 near Fort Washington and was first called Losantville, meaning "town opposite the mouth of the Licking River." In 1790, Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory, changed the name to Cincinnati, in honor of the Society of Cincinnati, of which he was president. The Society honored General George Washington, considered a latter-day Cincinnatus.

In 458 B.C. Rome was in deep trouble. An enemy, the neighboring Aequi, was at Rome's gate with new weapons and offensive tactics. Cincinnatus Lucius Quinctius was a Roman nobleman who had retired from public service and returned to his small farm. He was in his field when he learned he had been appointed dictator for six months by the Roman Senate. He laid down his plow and took up the sword to command Rome's army and lead them into victory over the Aequi. After that, Cincinnatus could have become Emperor for life. Instead, sixteen days after he had been named dictator, he relinquished his position and returned to his farm. He is considered a model of Roman virtue. How different from the polititians of today who will do anything just to hold on to their power.

This Statue of Cincinnatus is at Sawyer Point, on the downtown Ohio Riverfront of Cincinnati.

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  • Updated Jun 21, 2004
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