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 “Seeing the great vigour and eagerness that animate you, my valiant soldiers, I have resolved to address you, in order to explain in full detail that this is not the first time—as some evil-minded men mutter—that the Romans have invaded the Persian kingdom. For not to mention Lucullus and Pompey, who, passing through the Albani and the Massagetae, whom we now call the Alani, broke into this nation also and came to the Caspian Sea, we know that Ventidius, 1 the lieutenant-general of Antony, inflicted innumerable sanguinary defeats in this region. ”
1 See Plut., Ant. 33, 4; 34, 1; Val. Max. vi. 9, 9.
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