of him, he was without employment in the war.
When Vitellius’ cause began to decline, he joined
Vespasian and proved an acquisition. He was a
man of great physical energy and a ready tongue; an
artist in calumny, invaluable in riots and sedition.
Light-fingered and free-handed, he was intolerable
in peace, but by no means contemptible in war.
The union of the Moesian and Pannonian armies soon
attracted the troops in Dalmatia to the cause.
Tampius Flavianus and Pompeius Silvanus, the two ex-consuls
who governed respectively Pannonia and Dalmatia,
were wealthy old gentlemen who had no thought of rising.
But the imperial agent in Pannonia, Cornelius Fuscus,
was a vigorous young man of good family. In his
early youth a desire to make money had led him
to resign his senatorial rank. He had headed
the townsmen of his colony in declaring for Galba,
and his services had won him a position as imperial
agent. Then he joined Vespasian’s party,
giving a keen stimulus to the war; for, being attracted
more by danger itself than by its prizes, he always
disliked what was certain and long established, preferring
everything that was new and dangerous and doubtful.
So the Vespasian party used all their efforts to fan
every spark of discontent throughout the empire.
Letters were sent to the Fourteenth in Britain and
to the First in Spain, since both these legions
had stood for Otho against Vitellius. In Gaul,
too, letters were scattered broadcast. All in
an instant the war was in full flame. The armies
of Illyricum openly revolted, and all the others were
ready to follow the first sign of success.
 i.e. he was crucified.
 See note 30.
 Cp. i. 79.
 This hope was fulfilled
 See i. 89.
 Under Nero, after brilliant
service in Armenia and
Nero was jealous and afraid of him. So is Vitellius
 Against the Jews.
 From the Pontus.
Cp. ii. 83.
 See note 216; and cp.
 For his victories in
Britain under the auspices of
who nominally shared with him the command of the
 Titus, who was now thirty,
had served as Tribunus
under his father in Germany and in Britain.
 More exactly of Galilee
 This is of course from
the Roman point of view. Caesarea
the seat of the procurator. That Jerusalem was
capital Tacitus recognizes in Book V.
 See note 216.
 He had started for Rome
with Titus (chap. 1), and
his journey when Titus turned back.