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1 See note to c. ii. 10.

2 L. Catilius Severus was a friend and correspondent of Pliny; see Pliny, Epist., i. 22; iii. 12. He became consul for the second time in 120, was proconsul of Asia, and in 138 prefect of the city; see c. xxiv. 6-8. He was the great-grandfather of Marcus Aurelius; see Marc, i. 4.

3 Used here to denote the provinces along the southern bank of the Danube. His route lay across Asia Minor, and it was probably in this region that he received the news of the war threatened by the tribes north of the river; cf. c. vi. 6. He arrived in Moesia in the spring of 118, and finally reached Rome in July, 118; cf. c vii. 3,

4 Acclamation by the army constituted a strong de facto claim to the imperial power, but it is now generally recognized (in spite of Mommsen's theory to the contrary) that only the senate could legally confer the imperium.

5 This triumph was commemorated by coins bearing on the obverse the head of Trajan with the legend Divo Traiano Parth

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