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    Sane Max
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    Hiya, simple question here – I have not read Cassius Dio. Is he the only real source for the Vindex revolt?

    I am idly constructing a Year of the 4 Emperors Campaign and will be allowing people to play some of the other participants such as Civilis, so why not Vindex?

    #103644
    Guy Farrish
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    Why not!

    Even better as there are no detailed sources.

    Tacticus mentions Vindex very briefly in his Annals – ‘after the revolt of Gaius Julius Vindex it* was interpreted as a sign portending future retribution’ (*Nero’s dedication of a dagger to Jupiter Vindex, the Avenger). Just as he was getting to the revolt and end of Nero, Tacitus, stopped writing, died, or we have lost the manuscript.

    Suetonius mentions Vindex in his Twelve Lives of the Caesars – specifically in Nero’s and Galba’s but he tells us nothing useful about the details of the military revolt. It’s political biography he’s writing not military history.

    Philostratus puts  a nice little speech into Vindex’s mouth to rally support but its almost certainly Philostratus and not Vindex we are hearing (at least 2 centuries after the event).

    This: Literary Sources gives a quick run through the literary sources for Nero’s reign (ignore the first bit unless you want a quick run through of Nero’s reign) and go to the literary sources bit.

    If you want to read the relevant bits of Cassius Dio they are on line:   Cassius Dio

    Not sure if that is good or bad from the campaign point of view. We don’t know much – but on the other hand – we don’t know much!

    #103646
    Sane Max
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    Nice precis Guy!

    That means I can play it by ear without fear of someone saying I am wrong. A few retired Legionaries leading groups of what amount to Militia, with even a few enthusiasts who have dug out granpa’s Sword, taken all their clothes off and painted themselves Blue*!

    *There’s always one isn’t there?

    #103657
    Guy Farrish
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    Vindex

    A contemporary painting of Vindex in the Wallace collection.

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