Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II eBook

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    [230] The quondam marines (cp. i. 6, 9, &c.).

    [231] They were commanded by Martius Macer (see chaps. 23, 35. &c.).

    [232] The defender of Placentia.  He earned further laurels
          under Trajan in Germany.  He was a friend of Tacitus and the
          younger Pliny, and is suspected of writing some bad verse.

    [233] Early in March (cp. i. 70).

    [234] Not regularly formed into a legion:  those to whom ’he
          held out hopes of honourable service’ (cp. i. 87).

    [235] Cp. i. 87.

    [236] The mountainous district north of the Italian frontier
          on the Var.

    [237] Ventimiglia, the modern frontier town between France and
          Italy on the Riviera.

    [238] A Gallic tribe living round Tongres and Spa.

    [239] Living round Trier.

    [240] Afterwards one of the leaders in the rebellion on the
          Rhine (cp. iv. 55).

    [241] Frejus.

    [242] i.e. either the VII Galbian or XIII Gemina, both of
          which were on Otho’s side.

    [243] i.e. the Ligurian cohort, mentioned above.

    [244] Antibes.

    [245] Albenga.

    [246] Sardinia and Corsica were an imperial province A.D.
          6-67.  Then Nero gave it back to the senate to compensate for
          his declaration of the independence of Achaia.  Vespasian once
          more transferred it to imperial government.  If procurator is
          correct here, Pacarius must have been a subordinate imperial
          functionary in a senatorial province.  As the province changed
          hands so often and was so soon after this placed under
          imperial control, it is possible that Tacitus made a mistake
          and that Pacarius was an ex-praetor.  Those who feel that
          Tacitus is unlikely to have made this error, and that Pacarius
          can hardly have been anything but governor, adopt the
          suggestion that Corsica did not share the fate of Sardinia in
          A.D. 67, but remained under the control of an imperial
          procurator.  There is no clear evidence of this, but under
          Diocletian Corsica was certainly separate.

    [247] These cruisers were of a peculiarly light build, called
          after the Liburni, an Illyrian tribe, who fought for Octavian
          in the battle of Actium.  He introduced similar craft into the
          Roman navy.  They were very fast, and worked with a triangular,
          instead of the usual square sail.

    [248] i.e. his Corsican and Roman clients.

    [249] i. 70.

    [250] Piacenza and Pavia.

    [251] i.e. one of the two detachments sent forward by the
          armies of Dalmatia and Pannonia (cp. chap. 11).

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