Ancient Etruscan city northwest of Rome: destroyed by the Romans in 396 b.c.
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An ancient city of Etruria north of modern-day Rome, Italy. A powerful member of the Etruscan League, it was almost constantly at war with Rome and finally succumbed in 396 bc after a ten-year siege.
Veii Sentence Examples
It was for some while the frontier of the Roman territory and was often in the hands of Veii.
When accused of having unfairly distributed the spoil taken at Veii, which was captured by him after a ten years' siege, he went into voluntary exile at Ardea.
He dissuaded the Romans, disheartened by the devastation wrought by the Gauls, from migrating to Veii, and induced them to rebuild the city.
Porsena then laid siege to the city, but was so struck by the courage of Mucius Scaevola that he made peace on condition that the Romans restored the land they had taken from Veii and gave him twenty hostages.
The people of Tarquinii and Veii attempted to restore Tarquinius Superbus to the throne after his expulsion.