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Ita'licus

one of the two kings of the Suevians who in A. D. 70 joined the party of Vespasian and fought against the Vitellians at Bedriacum in Cisalpine Gaul. (Tac. Hist. 3.5, 21.) He was probably a son of the Italicus mentioned by the same historian (Ann. 11.16) A. D. 47, who was invited to the chieftancy of the Cheruscans, and afterwards for his tyranny and intemperance expelled by them. In most editions of Tacitus the name is Italus, and, whether this or Italicus be the true reading, his Teutonic appellation is probably superseded by an agnomen derived from his education at Rome while detained there as an hostage. [FLAVIUS, p. 174.]

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