The Spirit Speaking
Who conquers is not the victor unless the conquered confesses. ENNIUS, ANNALES 493, VAHLEN ED.1
In the Metamorphoses, Ovid's Phineas submits to Perseus, who has overpowered him with the help of the Gorgon's head: “He turns his face away, and, stretching forth obliquely suppliant arms and hands that confess defeat, says: 'Perseus, you win. Remove those monsters of yours, those petrifying Medusa-heads—whatever they are, take them away, I beg you!…I am content to yield. Grant me nothing, mightiest of men, save this my life. The rest be yours'” (5.214–222).2 “The Romans, ” according to Cincinnatus, “did not require the blood of the Aequi. The latter would be allowed to depart, but they would be sent under the yoke in order____________________
Cf. Ovid, Amores 1.2.19–22. Compare this scene of surrender to that in Livy 7.31.3.