THE ITALIAN EMPERORS
When it was obvious that a republican restoration was no more feasible in 68 than it had been in 41, the Senate bowed to the inevitable and recognized Galba as Emperor. His troops had already saluted him as such, and he had set out for Rome immediately after Nero's death with his newly enrolled legion
Verginius Rufus, who was apparently a genuine republican, acquiesced in the Senate's pronouncement. Clodius )l;~cer did not; but he disposed of only one legion (III Augusta), and Galba quickly procured his murder. Thereafter Africa plays but a small part in the events of 69.