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( photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A._Tempesta_Cerialis_1612.jpg
Description: Antonio Tempesta (possibly after Otto van Veen). Cerialis grants mercy to soldiers that went over to the enemy, 69-70 [from the Revolt of the Batavi series]. 1612. Etching. 165 × 210 mm. Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (inv.nr. RP-P-OB-77.933).)
What was in it for them? Why did the man (Quintus Petilius Cerialis Caesius Rufus) pictured above march the Roman army under his command all the way up into the territories of the Brigantes? As Roman Governor for Britannia he was the top man on the island. Of course, he in turn would mainly have been following orders from the Roman Emperor Vespasain.
|Vespasian - wikimedia commons|
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