These troops, having no head-quarters
in Rome, were put
up in a piazza built by M. Vipsanius Agrippa, and decorated
with paintings of Neptune and of the Argonauts. Cp. ii. 93,
where troops are quartered in collonades or temples.
 The term primipilaris denotes
one who had been the
centurion commanding the first maniple (pilani) of the first
cohort of a legion. He was an officer of great importance,
highly paid, and often admitted to the general’s council.
Otho’s expedition to Narbonese Gaul (chap. 87) was commanded
by two such ‘senior centurions’.
 See chap. 6, note 11.
 See chap. 6.
 Nero was meditating an Ethiopian
campaign when the revolt
of Vindex broke out. Cp. chap. 6.
 Probably the colours of the
different maniples as
distinct from the standards of the cohorts.
 Cp. chap. 6.
 Freedmen who had curried favour
with Nero. Polyclitus was
sent to inquire into Suetonius Paulinus’ administration of
Britain after the revolt of Boadicea in A.D. 61. Vatinius was
a deformed cobbler from Beneventum who became a sort of court
buffoon, and acquired great wealth and bad influence.
 The cohort on guard seem to
have been in mufti, without
helmets and shields or their military cloaks, but armed with
swords and javelins.
 The legionaries armed themselves
with lances (hastae),
and the auxiliaries with javelins (pila).
 The word basilica refers
to the buildings round the
Forum, used for legal, financial, and commercial purposes.
Most of them had cloisters.
 The Parthian royal family:
Vologaesus was king of
Parthia, and his brother Pacorus viceroy of Media Atropatene.
 Cp. chap. 29.
 Attached to the pole of the standard.
 An enclosed pond in the middle
of the Forum, supposed to
be the spot where Curtius leapt on horseback into the chasm,
or by others the spot where a Sabine chieftain was engulfed in
the days of Romulus.
 The word here used usually
means a veteran re-enlisted in
a special corps after his term had expired. It was also
applied at this time in a special sense to a corps of young
knights, who, without losing their status, acted as Galba’s
special body-guard in the imperial palace. One of these may
have been the murderer.
OTHO ON THE THRONE