The Colline Gate is an entrance to Rome in the northeast of the city during antiquity. It was the site of a once famous--now largely forgotten--battle between Sulla and the Marians in 82 BC that ended Sulla's second civil war.
Thomas Hobbes, in the intro to De Cive, wrote the following in reference to this battle:
The Roman People had a saying (Most Honoured Lord) which came from the mouth of Marcus Cato, the Censor, and expressed the prejudice against Kings which they had conceived from the memory of the Tarquins and the principles of their commonwealth; the saying was that Kings should be classed as predatory animals. But what sort of animal was the Roman People? By the agency of citizens who took the names Africanus, Asiaticus, Macedonicus, Achaicus and so on from the nations they had robbed, that people plundered nearly all the world. So the words of Pontius Telesinus are no less wise than Cato's. As he reviewed the ranks of his army in the battle against Sulla at the Colline Gate, he cried that Rome itself must be demolished and destroyed, remarking that there would never be an end to Wolves preying upon the liberty of Italy, unless the forest in which they took refuge was cut down.
Last Edit: Nov 9, 2016 21:58:12 GMT -5 by CG Admin