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Hosi'dius Geta

2. Cn. Hosidius Geta, was propraetor of Numidia under the emperor Claudius iN A. D. 42. He defeated and chased into the desert a Moorish chief named Sabalus : but his army was in extreme distress for water, and Hosidius was doubtful whether to retreat or continue the pursuit, when a Numidian recommended him to try magical arts to procure rain. Hosidius made the experiment with such success, that his soldiers were immediately relieved ; and Sabalus deeming him a man of preternatural powers, surrendered. (D. C. 60.9.) Hosidius was afterwards legatus of A. Plautius in Britain, when he obtained so signal a victory over the British, that, although a subordinate officer, he obtained the triumphal ornaments. (Id. 60.20.) According to an inscription (Reines. p. 475; compare Reimarus, ad Dion. Cass. 60.9), Hosidius was one of the supplementary consuls in A. D. 49. It is uncertain to what Hosidius Geta the annexed coin refers.

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