Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [431] The other detachments of legions IV and XXII.

    [432] Riol.

    [433] Hordeonius Flaccus, Vocula, Herennius, and Numisius.

    [434] Legions I and XVI.

    [435] They had, as a matter of fact, changed their allegiance
          no less than six times since the outbreak of the civil war.

    [436] Ariovistus, king of the Suebi, summoned to aid one
          Gallic confederacy against another, formed the ambition of
          conquering Gaul, but was defeated by Julius Caesar near
          Besancon (Vesontio) in 58 B.C.

    [437] See chap. 68.

    [438] Tutor erred.  Cerialis had also the Twenty-first from
          Vindonissa, Felix’s auxiliary cohorts, and the troops he had
          found at Mainz (see chaps. 70 and 71).

    [439] He suppresses his own defeat at Bingen (chap. 70).

    [440] The town lay on the right bank of the Moselle; the Roman
          camp on the left bank between the river and the hills.  There
          was only one bridge.

    [441] The Sixteenth had its permanent camp at Novaesium, the
          First at Bonn.  Both surrendered at Novaesium (cp. chap. 59).

    [442] See chaps. 59 and 70.

    [443] The Frisii occupied part of Friesland; the Chauci lay
          east of them, between the Ems and Weser.

    [444] Zuelpich.

    [445] A small flotilla on guard in the Channel.  It probably
          now transported the Fourteenth and landed them at Boulogne.

    [446] Cp. chap. 15.

    [447] The narrative is resumed from this point in v. 14.


It was about this time that Mucianus gave orders for the murder of 80 Vitellius’ son,[448] on the plea that dissension would continue until all the seeds of war were stamped out.  He also refused to allow Antonius Primus to go out on Domitian’s staff, being alarmed at his popularity among the troops and at the man’s own vanity, which would brook no equal, much less a superior.  Antonius accordingly went to join Vespasian, whose reception, though not hostile, proved a disappointment.  The emperor was drawn two ways.  On the one side were Antonius’ services:  it was undeniable that his generalship had ended the war.  In the other scale were Mucianus’ letters.  Besides which, every one else seemed ready to rake up the scandals of his past life and inveigh against his vanity and bad temper.  Antonius himself did his best to provoke hostility by expatiating to excess on his services, decrying the other generals as incompetent cowards, and stigmatizing Caecina as a prisoner who had surrendered.  Thus without any open breach of friendship he gradually declined lower and lower in the emperor’s favour.

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