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After reporting a variety of events in Antioch, the Rhine area and Africa, the author turns to Central Europe, where the Roman armed forces were confronted with invasions from the Quadi and the Sarmatians. These invasions were a reaction to the building of castra praesidiaria in the territory of the Quadi in spite of their protests and, worse, the murder of the Quadian king Gabinius. At first an irresponsible strategy led to a military disaster, which might have had dangerous consequences for the general Roman position. The Pannonian city Sirmium, situated at a road junction, was directly threatened, the more so because of the sorry state of its walls. This chapter describes an extensive flooding of the Tiber and the successful measures to guarantee the food supply to isolated people.

Keywords: Antioch; king Gabinius; Quadi; Roman armed forces; Sarmatians

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