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Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand.
(12-06-2015, 06:37 PM)Theoderic Wrote: I understood that the consuls resigned half way through the year in imperial times

Yes, the ordinary consuls appear to have been in office for the first six months, then handed over to suffects. There's an inscription which seems to suggest that Turpilianus had already been replaced as consul in April of 61, but Carroll redates this to the Flavian era.

Caesennius Paetus, who was ordinary consul with Turpilianus, was probably appointed governor of Cappadocia in midsummer 61, but did not arrive in his province until spring of 62. However, even these dates (like most unsupported chronology in Tacitus!) have been questioned as well, and redated to within 61 (see Carter, The "Lex Portorii" and the Armenian Campaign of Caesennius Paetus)... I do suspect that leaving Turpilianus's appointment until mid 62 would create too much of a time-lag: consuls were generally, I think, appointed to provinces pretty soon after they left their posts.


As you say, this doesn't much affect the battle site (except the rivers/streams issue I mentioned before, and the movements of the rebels regarding planting and harvesting), but it helps to get an overall picture of the campaign, the amount of time available for manoeuvre and delay, and even the appearance of the battle site. But it seems we can't really tell either way with the evidence we possess.
Nathan Ross
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Re: Calling all armchair generals! - by Ensifer - 03-11-2010, 03:13 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-18-2012, 06:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 12:02 AM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 02:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 05:40 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 02-19-2012, 11:26 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 09:42 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-24-2012, 10:10 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 03:25 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-25-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-26-2012, 02:57 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM
Re: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by Steve Kaye - 08-05-2012, 02:24 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-07-2014, 02:18 PM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-08-2014, 01:50 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-11-2014, 02:03 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-18-2014, 07:54 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-20-2014, 02:37 AM
Calling all armchair generals! Boudica\'s Last Stand. - by antiochus - 11-25-2014, 08:29 AM
RE: Calling all armchair generals! Boudica's Last Stand. - by Nathan Ross - 12-06-2015, 08:18 PM

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