Once, when they were still a bunch of nobodies, the Romans were in serious trouble because of the Aequi, a neighboring people.
They sent emissaries to Cincinnatus, an old retired general who dedicated his days to his little farm.
When they arrived there, they found the old leader up to his gills of cow poop but quite happy about it.
The emissaries gave the message: Rome was in danger and only his leadership could save the city, so please come help.
Cincinnatus, although he had retired to the bucolic life, jaded of politics, saw himself in the moral obligation to go to the call of duty.
He was appointed dictator to have all the powers so he could make whatever he considered necessary.
Then Cincinnatus saved Rome in a few days and immediately renounced his title of dictator to return to his plow in his little farm.
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P. S. If you were wondering, yes, the US city of Cincinnati is related to this Cincinnatus.