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At this time the legion in Africa was commanded by Valerius Festus, a young man of extravagant habits and immoderate ambition, who was now made uneasy by his relationship to Vitellius. Whether this man in their frequent interviews tempted Piso to revolt, or whether he resisted PLOT AGAINST PISO IN AFRICA such overtures, is AFRICA such overtures, is not known for certain, for no one was present at their confidential meetings, and, after Piso's death, many were disposed to ingratiate themselves with the murderer. There is no doubt that the province and the troops entertained feelings of hostility to Vespasian, and some of the Vitellianists, who had escaped from the capital
ho in peace must be suspected war was the safer
course. While this was going on, Claudius Sagitta, prefect of Petra's Horse,
making a very quick passage reached Africa before
Papirius, the centurion despatched by Mucianus. He declared that an order to
put Piso to death had been given to the centurion, and that Galerianus, his