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The expression ordaeis fiéyicrrai which Dio uses ought to have included the last act of the civil wars, Severus' great victory over Clodius Albinus in 197. It is tempting to assume that it was on Severus' arrival in Rome later that year that Dio presented his historical work (which could include at least one irôXefxos, the expedition into Mesopotamia in 195) and that it was from that moment that he began his major work, the whole history of Rome from its foundation. • 72. 23 (304-5). For evidence on chronology in the reign of Severus, see Chapter IV.

In 226. Others were ordinarii—Clodius Pompeianus (Albo no. 1531 = 1256), L. Ti. Claudius Aurelius Quintianus (Albo no. 1001)—both connexions of the famous Ti. Claudius Pompeianus eos. II ord. 173; L. Annius Maximus, 207 (Albo no. 31 = ? 773), perhaps from Lydia; Cn. Claudius Severus, 235 (Albo no. 1002), probably son of Ti. Claudius Severus Proculusw«. ord. 200 (Albo no. 171 ), probably from Phrygia; Pontius Proculus Pontianus, 238 (Albono. 1137), had property at Philippi. None of these are apparently eos.

Dio, it is clear, was a safe man, known perhaps to be engaged primarily on his History. This may explain why he had no consular appointment until sent to Pergamum and Smyrna by Macrinus, twelve years or more after his consulship. The main bulk of his History, to the death of Severus, will have been finished while he was there. So far his career was respectable but not distinguished. Only with the reign of Severus Alexander did he begin to govern important provinces. By 222 he had reached, and perhaps exceeded, the normal interval which lay between the suffect consulship and the proconsulate of Africa or Asia.

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