By Robert Fabbri
A hero cast in conflict. A legend born.
Thracia, AD30: Even after 4 years army provider on the fringe of the Roman international, Vespasian can't break out the tumultuous politics of an Empire near to disintegration. His buyers in Rome have charged him with the clandestine extraction of an previous enemy from a citadel at the banks of the Danube ahead of it falls to the Roman legion besieging it.
Vespasian's venture is the foremost circulate in a dangerous fight for the suitable to rule the Roman Empire. the fellow he has been ordered to grab may be the witness that might smash Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian protect and ruler of the Empire in all yet identify. ahead of he completes his venture, Vespasian will face ambush in snowbound mountains, pirates at the excessive seas, and Sejanus's spies throughout him. yet by means of some distance the best chance lies on the rotten middle of the Empire, on the nightmarish court docket of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome and debauched, paranoid madman.
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Maximilianus, continuing to resist, replied: ‘I am not going to do it; I cannot serve as a soldier’. This is one of the more reliable of the Christian Martyr Acts, and may have been based on an official report of the trial. If so, it serves as a good example of the examination of a potential recruit in the first two centuries of the imperial period since it is unlikely that the general procedures had changed significantly. The military seal was a piece of lead containing a seal and the recruit’s name, which he wore round his neck.
29–30 Pliny to Emperor Trajan. Sempronius Caelianus, an excellent young man, sent to me two slaves who were discovered among the recruits; I postponed their punishment so that I could consult you, as founder and guarantor of military discipline, about the type of penalty. The fact about which I am particularly doubtful is that although they had already taken the oath of allegiance, they had not yet been enrolled in a unit. Therefore, Sir, I request that you write and inform me what course of action I should follow, especially since the decision may provide a precedent.
A. Speidel 1992; see also Brunt 1950; Breeze 1971; Jahn 1983. Table 1 Rates of pay in sesterces Note: * Securely attested by literary or documentary evidence. The soldiers 21 The annual cost of the legions, auxilia, and navy in the early first century AD may have amounted to more than 400 million sesterces, a large proportion of the empire’s disposable income; a pay rise will have had serious financial implications (Hopkins JRS 1980:124–5; Campbell 1984:161–5, 171–6). 18 Augustus, Res Gestae, 17 In the consulship of Marcus Lepidus and Lucius Arruntius (AD 6) I transferred 170,000,000 sesterces from my own property to the military treasury, which had been set up on my advice in order to pay discharge benefits to soldiers who had served for twenty years or more.
Romes Executioner (Vespasian, Book 2) by Robert Fabbri