See chap. 58.
 An Italian goddess of
freedom. The temple is mentioned
in Horace’s Journey to Brundisium, where Anxur = Tarracina,
which was three miles from the temple.
 Chap. 57.
 He was in command of
the rebels from the fleet at
Misenum, and engaged in bringing over the country-towns (see
 Cp. chaps. 63 and 64.
THE SACK OF ROME AND THE END OF VITELLIUS
While things went thus on Vitellius’ side, the Flavian army 78 after leaving Narnia spent the days of the Saturnalian holiday quietly at Ocriculum. The object of this disastrous delay was to wait for Mucianus. Antonius has been suspected of delaying treacherously after receiving a secret communication from Vitellius, offering him as the price of treason the consulship, his young daughter, and a rich dowry. Others hold that this story was invented to gratify Mucianus. Many consider that the policy of all the Flavian generals was rather to threaten the city than to attack it. They realized that Vitellius had lost the best cohorts of his Guards, and now that all his forces were cut off they expected he would abdicate. But this prospect was spoilt first by Sabinus’ precipitation and then by his cowardice, for, after very rashly taking arms, he failed to defend against three cohorts of Guards the strongly fortified castle on the Capitol, which ought to have been impregnable even to a large army. However, it is not easy to assign to any one man the blame which they all share. Even Mucianus helped to delay the victors’ advance by the ambiguity of his dispatches, and Antonius was also to blame for his untimely compliance with instructions—or