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Imperium Aeternum - Chronology : 41 BC

Octavian establishes a primitive mail system so as to communicate with Caesar better and move information around the empire much faster than in the past. The Epistula Equinus, or mail system devised by Octavian consists of stations within and between the major cities of the empire to help the government better communicate with the provinces and the army. The bill Octavian introduces to the Senate becomes the lex Epistulus in Feb. The mail stations house several horses and mail men who carry a message on horse back to the next station, then hand over the message to the next man at the next station. This way, messages about invasions, decrees, revolts, etc. can reach Rome and then the area it needs to go to next much quicker. The mail system remains a private system of communication for the government and some prominent Romans for centuries to come. In early April, the Senate votes into law the second part of the Lex Legis Magnus. Philipatos becomes Ptolemy Caesar’s tutor. Cleopatra’s popularity among the Roman people continues to grows as she regularly attends public meetings and can often be found at the bath houses discussing politics with prominent patrician citizens. Publius Servilius Vatia Isauricus becomes the first president of the new Senate.

Caesar's army and the newly captured slaves from Thrace and Pannonia/Dalmatia continue to build roads and defenses along the Danube. After the second part of the Lex Legis Magnus is passed, Caesar explains the law to the former leaders of the newly conquered lands in Pannonia/Dalmatia and Thrace (Scipio does the same in Britain). For now most tribal leaders agree that it is in their best interests to cooperate with Rome (especially since Rome has done some good in the past year like building roads and aqueducts within their cities, etc Caesar manages to raise an army of 6,000 men from the new territories and buys an additional 4,000 mercenaries.

In early June, while Scipio is helping oversee the construction of Londinium, he hears rumors of an island to the west. He decides that after Londinium is complete he will invade this strange new land and add further to his glory and growing popularity. In July however, before Scipio can prepare fully for an invasion of Hibernia, Caesar's messenger, Arturus Vatiaus finally reaches Scipio and tells him to leave Britain in charge of a subordinate and return to Gaul with his army in preparation for an invasion of Germania. According to legend, Scipio became so angry that he nearly killed Arturus where he stood by shooting an arrow around his head (if the arrow had hit him, then it would have been a bad omen for him to leave Britain, if not he should leave) for even suggesting he leave behind his dreams of conquering Hibernia. Many historians doubt this story however, as nothing in the historical record indicates that Scipio would blatantly disregard an order of Julius Caesar. Regardless, the phrase “ad exspecto arbitratus sagitta” or “to await the arrow’s decision” is still a familiar saying within modern Roman popular culture, and generally applies to someone making a difficult decision, often associated with marriage. Arturus further tells Scipio that Caesar wants him to build several forts to house his army along the eastern border with Germania and wait until Caesar is ready to invade from the South. Scipio leaves behind Lucius Antonius (Antony’s brother) as military governor of Britain and Caledonia.

timelines/41_bc_imperium_aeternum.txt · Last modified: 2014/12/03 23:28 by Petike