Legio I Adiutrix

Legio I Adiutrix

Legio I "Adiutrix" (Latin pronuciation: "prima adiútrix", " assistant first"), was a Roman legion formed in 68, possibly by Galba under orders of Nero. The last record mentioning the "Adiutrix" is in 344, when it was stationed at Brigetio (modern Szöny), in the Roman province of Pannonia. The emblem of the legion was a capricorn [Legions and Veterans: Roman Army Papers 1971-2000 By L. J. F. Keppie page 128 ] , used along with the winged horse Pegasus, on the helmets the symbol used by I Adiutrix legionares was a Dolphin [Legions and Veterans: Roman Army Papers 1971-2000 By L. J. F. Keppie page 128 ] .

The legion probably originated from the I "Classis", a legion levied by Nero among the mariners of the "Classis Misenensis", but was later completed by Galba. The legion was stationed near Rome.In the confusing Year of the four emperors, the legion fought in Otho's army in the Battle of Bedriacum, where this emperor was defeated by Vitellius. The victorious Vitellius ordered the legion transferred to Spain, but by the year 70 it was fighting in the Batavian rebellion.

The city of Moguntiacum (Mainz) is the legion's first known base camp, shared with Legio XIV "Gemina", where they attended mainly building activities. In 83, they fought the "Germanic wars" against the Chatti, a German tribe living across the Rhine, under the command of Emperor Domitian. After that they were transferred to the Danubian army stationed in the Roman province of Pannonia, to fight the Dacians.

Following the murder of Domitian in 96, the "Adiutrix", along with the Danubian army, played an important role in Roman politics, forcing Nerva to adopt Trajan as his successor. When Trajan became emperor, he gave the legion the cognomen "Pia Fidelis" ("loyal and faithful") to acknowledge their support. Between 101 and 106, under the new emperor's command, I "Adiutrix", along with IV "Flavia Felix" and XIII "Gemina", conquered Dacia and occupied the newly formed province. Trajan also used his "Pia Fidelis" in the campaign against Parthia (115–117), but they were sent back to Pannonia by his successor emperor Hadrian, with base in Brigetio.

During the next decades, I "Adiutrix" remained in the Danube frontier. Under Marcus Aurelius, I "Adiutrix" fought the war against Marcomanni commanded by Marcus Valerius Maximianus. Between 171 and 175, the commander was Pertinax, emperor for a brief period in 193. When Septimius Severus became emperor, I "Adiutrix" was among his supporters, following him in the march for Rome.

In the next decades, the main base was again Pannonia, but they played a part in several Parthian wars, namely the campaigns of 195 and 197–198 of Septimius Severus, 215–217 led by Caracalla and 244 by Gordian III.

The legion received the cognomen "Pia Fidelis Bis" ("twice loyal and faithful") and "Constans" ("reliable"), sometime in the 3rd century.

ee also

*List of Roman legions

External links

* [http://www.livius.org/le-lh/legio/i_adiutrix.html livius.org account for I "Adiutrix"]

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