See also:Roman general, was
See also:born at Tolosa in Gaul about A.D . 30-35 . During the reign of
See also:Nero he was
See also:resident in Rome and a member of the
See also:senate, from which he was expelled for forgery in connexion with a will and was banished from the city . He was subsequently reinstated by
See also:Galba, and placed in command of the 7th
See also:legion in
See also:Pannonia . During the
See also:civil war he was one of
See also:Vespasian's strongest sup-porters . Advancing into Italy, he gained a decisive victory over the Vitellians at Bedriacum (or Betriacum) in
See also:October 69, and on the same
See also:day stormed and set
See also:fire to Cremona . He then crossed the Apennines, and made his way to Rome, into which he forced an entrance after considerable opposition .
See also:Vitellius was seized and put to
See also:death . For a few days
See also:Primus was virtually ruler of Rome, and the senate bestowed upon him the
See also:rank and insignia of a
See also:consul . But on the arrival of
See also:Mucianus he was not only obliged to surrender his authority, but was treated with such ignominy that he
See also:left Rome . Primus must have been alive during the reign of
See also:Domitian, since four epigrams of
See also:Martial are addressed to him . Tacitus describes him as brave in
See also:action, ready of speech,
See also:clever at bringing others into odium, powerful in times of civil war and
See also:rebellion, greedy, extravagant, in peace a
See also:citizen, in war an ally not to be despised .
See Tacitus, Histories, ii., iii., iv.; DioCassius lxv . 9-21 .
GIUSEPPE PRINA (1768–1814)
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