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Timeline: Orbis Romanum

February 2, 43BCE
Rome

Julius Caesar becomes the first presidentis of Rome. Everybody is satified with the compromise.


March 12, 43BCE
Rome

The seven lost aquilae and the 10,000 prisoner's from Crassus' army are surrendered by Parthia to Rome in exchange for the Parthian king Orodes II. Parthia now becomes a Roman client state.

May 4, 43BCE
Ecbatana

King Orodes II arrives in Ecbata which is the current capital of Parthia. He is promptly assassinated by his son Phraates I.

April 1, 42BCE
Rome

Julius Caesar leaves Rome for Belgica. Marcus Antonius has been raiding the barbaric Germanic tribes across the Rhine for two years. The barbarians reacted predictably but unwisely by uniting and preparing to resist the Romans in battle. Caesar brings four new legions with him, bringing the total ready to fight the barbarians to twelve.


June 5, 42BCE
Parthia

Octavian has sent two legions to Armenia with the result that Armenia becomes a Roman protectorate. The Armenians help the legions to extend the rule of Rome to Atropatene on the Caspian Sea. This demonstrates the weakness of Parthia.

July 6, 42BCE
Judaea

Octavian declares Judaea a Roman province with the center of government in Caesarea at the coast. Some Jewish troublemakers organize a revolt that is quickly subdued. The Roman treasury income has doubled to 100,000 talents per year due to the conquests in the east.


July 9, 42BCE
Rhine

Julius Caesar crosses the Rhine with 12 legions. His engineers have constructed a bridge in ten days. The invasion will extend the Roman border to the Elbe river. Barbaric Germans have united to stop the Romans. Previously they avoided pitched battles, preferring to make hit and run raids. Now they have 100,000 warriors and feel confident to defeat the Romans.


July 30, 42BCE
Saltus Teutoburgiensis

Barbaric Germans are completely defeated in the battle of saltus Teutoburgiensis. The barbarians tried to lure the Romans into the woods using traitors and spies but Caesar did not fall to the trick. He sent out raiding parties to needle the barbarians. Predictably the barbarians couldn't control themselves and they attacked the Romans in uncoordinated waves. Such was the rage of the barbarians that they dented the Romans lines in places. But a Roman legion runs like a well-oiled machine. The tired first line is relieved regularly with rested troops and casualties are replaced. Superstitious barbarians get the impression that the legionnairs are immortal. After two hours of heavy fighting the barbarians panicked and were routed and pursued by Gaul cavalry.


September 7, 42BCE
Elbe

Six fortresses are built along the Elbe river as winter quarters for the legions. Engineers have started to build the famous Roman roads through Germany. Word of Caesar's victory has been sent to Rome resulting in two days of festivities. Now Caesar heads back to Rome for his deserved triumph.


October 12, 42BCE
Rome

Another triumph for Caesar in Rome. The Triumph last for two days. Barbarians are paraded in chains. Wolves and bears in cages astound the Romans. The senate has run out of honors to bestow presidentis Caesar so they vote him the power of a tribune although as a patrician he cannot hold the office.


April 16, 41BCE
Rome

Presidentis Caesar has doubled the number of quaestores to 40 as part of his anti-corruption policy and to administer the increased wealth of Rome.


August 16, 41BCE
Rome

Caesar starts planning the next expansion of the Roman republic. This time Brittania is the target. Marcus Antonius is charged with building the boats that will transport six legions across the Oceanus Brittanicus. In Rome the draining of the Pontine marshes has greatly improved the living conditions. Malaria is now no longer endemic.

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