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With Doge Gritti guiding military action, the Republic had a Cunctator in charge for life, a dictator who never left office.
Fabius Cunctator (depicted on the coin below) was a Roman general famous for avoiding direct battle.
Two of the frescoes are completely lost, though their subjects are known, thanks principally to their evocation in an early sixteenth-century poem by Silvanus Germanicus: (13) one showed the Roman people entrusting power in their struggle against Hannibal to Fabius Cunctator (the 'Delayer'); the other depicted a second (gory) episode in the Punic war, when the severed head of Hasdrubal was presented to his brother Hannibal.