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Men's minds were so intent on the civil war, that foreign affairs were disregarded. This emboldened the Roxolani, a Sarmatian tribe, who had destroyed two cohorts in the previous winter, to invade Mœsia with great hopes of success. They had 9000 cavalry, flushed with victory and intent on plunder rather than on fighting. They were dispersed and off their guard, when the third legion together with some auxiliaries attacked them. The Romans had everything ready for battle, the Sarmatians w
efend themselves with a shield. A few who survived the battle
concealed themselves in the marshes. There they perished from the inclemency
of the season and the severity of their wounds. When this success was known,
Marcus Aponius, governor of Mœsia, was
rewarded with a triumphal statue, while Fulvius Aurelius, Julianus Titius,
and Numisius Lupus, the legates of the legions, received the ensigns of
consular rank. Otho was delighted, and claimed the glory for himself, as if
it were he tha