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1 B.C. 201
2 The imperium was that aspect of official authority which conferred the right of life and death and the right of exercising military command. At this period ordinary magistrates within the city of Rome could not possess imperium, and so their attendants carried the fasces without the axe which symbolized this power.
3 This fleet had been on guard in Sicilian waters during the war with Hannibal (XXX. xli. 7).
4 Laevinus had served in Greece for a long time during the recent war (XXIII. xxiv. 4, etc.), but was at this time a private citizen.
5 Marcus Aurelius Cotta had been sent on an embassy to Philip in 203 B.C. (XXX. xxvi. 4). Macedonian ambassadors at the peace conference in 201 B.C. complained of his conduct, alleging that he had attacked Philip in contravention of the treaty (XXX. xlii. 3).
6 Legati were either commissioners sent out by the senate to conduct diplomatic negotiations, to deliver messages to independent states, to determine the form of government of a new province, etc., or military assistants to commanders in the field. Aurelius belonged to the former class, but had either assumed or been assigned military duties as well.
7 King Pyrrhus of Epirus had been summoned to aid Tarentum during the war between that city and Rome (281- 272 B.C.) and had invaded Italy.
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