Napoleon’s phrase.
 Ann. iii. 65.
I. THE FIGHT FOR THE THRONE.
9. Death of Nero.
16. Galba, Governor of Nearer Spain, declared Emperor at Clunia.
Fonteius Capito, Governor of Lower Germany, Clodius Macer, Governor of Africa, and Nymphidius Sabinus, Prefect of the Guard, murdered as possible rivals. Verginius Rufus, Governor of Upper Germany, refuses to compete.
Galba enters Rome. Massacre of Marines at Mulvian Bridge.
His government controlled by Laco, Vinius, and Icelus.
1. News of mutiny
in Upper Germany, now governed by Hordeonius
3. The armies of
Upper Germany (under Caecina) and of Lower Germany
(under Valens) salute Vitellius, Governor of Lower Germany, as
10. Galba adopts Piso Licinianus as his successor.
15. Otho declared Emperor
in Rome and recognized by Praetorian
Murder of Galba, Vinius, and Piso.
Otho recognized by the Senate.
The Vitellian armies are now marching on Italy: Caecina through Switzerland and over the Great St. Bernard with Legio XXI Rapax and detachments of IV Macedonica and XXII Primigenia: Valens through Gaul and over Mount Genevre with Legio V Alaudae and detachments of I Italica, XV Primigenia, and XVI.
Caecina crosses the Alps.
Otho dispatches an advance-guard under Annius Gallus and Spurinna.
starts for the Po with Suetonius Paulinus, Marius Celsus,
Titianus left in charge of Rome.