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Fa•bi•us Max•i•musˈfeɪ bi əs ˈmæk sə məs(n.)

  1. (Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus) (“Cunctator”) 275–203 b .c ., Roman general.

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  1. Fabius Maximus

    Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus Cunctator was a Roman politician and general, born in Rome around 280 BC and died in Rome in 203 BC. He was Roman Consul five times and was twice Dictator, in 221 and again in 217 BC. He reached the office of Roman Censor in 230 BC. His agnomen Cunctator means "delayer" in Latin, and refers to his tactics in deploying the troops during the Second Punic War. He is widely regarded as the father of guerrilla warfare due to his, at the time, novel strategy of targeting enemy supply lines in light of being largely outnumbered. His cognomen Verrucosus means "warty", a reference to a wart above his upper lip.

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