Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [406] See note 205.

    [407] Cappadocia was under a procurator of equestrian rank
          until Vespasian some years later was forced to send out troops
          and a military governor.

    [408] Beyrut.

    [409] Procuratio covers the governorship of an imperial
          province such as Judaea, the post of financial agent in an
          imperial province where there was a military governor
          (legatus Caesaris), and the position of collector of
          imperial taxes in a senatorial province. Praefectura, may
          mean either a command in the auxiliary infantry or the
          governorship of certain imperial provinces.  Here the former
          seems the more probable sense.

    [410] They would treat with Vologaeses, king of Parthia, and
          Tiridates of Armenia, and keep an eye on them.  This they did
          with such success that Vologaeses offered Vespasian 40,000

    [411] Alexandria and Pelusium.

    [412] i.e. besides the Sixth Ferrata he had detachments from
          the other two legions in Syria, and from the three in Judaea. 
          Cp. notes 163 and 164.

    [413] Borrowing this platitude from Cicero, who got it from
          the Greek.

    [414] i.e. the legions in Moesia, Pannonia, and Dalmatia (cp.
          note 3).

    [415] Cp. note 286.

    [416] XIII Gemina and VII Galbiana (see below).

    [417] See i. 79.

    [418] The Balkan range.

    [419] He was concerned in the forgery of a will:  see Ann.
          xiv. 40, where he is called ‘a man of ready daring’.

    [420] These were imperial provinces, each governed by a
          legatus Caesaris and a procurator, the former a military,
          the latter a financial officer.

    [421] Reading quaestus cupidine (Grotius).  The reading of
          the Medicean manuscript is quietis cupidine.  But Fuscus, as
          the sequel shows, had little taste for a quiet life.  It is
          more likely that his motives were mercenary, since both law
          and custom still imposed some restrictions upon a senator’s
          participation in ‘business’.  In the Annals (xvi. 17) Tacitus
          says that Annaeus Mela abstained from seeking public office,
          because he ‘hoped to find a shorter road to wealth’ by
          entering, as Fuscus did, the imperial civil service.  The
          statement that Fuscus loved danger better than money does not
          imply any rooted antipathy to the latter.

    [422] i.e. in Pannonia.

    [423] Cp. chaps. 66 and 67.


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