"So that two several times I scattered them"

(Canto 10, line 48)

In 1248 and 1260, when the Ghibelline rulers of Florence "scattered" the Guelfs from the city. Dante seems to object to Farinata's choice of words, since he answers with the rather more matter-of-fact "banished". Both times, as Dante points out, in 1251 (when Ghibelline power had weakened somewhat due to the death of Emperor Frederick II in 1250) and 1267, the Guelfs returned to regain control over the city.