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Early in 68 Nero had made off to Naples

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Early in 68 Nero had made off to Naples. In the spring the southern Gaul (Gallia Luqduniensus)  governor C. Julius Vindex revolted, claiming he was acting in defense of the Senate. He was a  Romanized Gaulic whose forebears had taken Claudius at his word. He was also a second- generation senator. He wrote letters to other Rhine generals suggesting that they unite against  Nero. This was too civil a manner of revolt for Roman generals. The Iberian (Hispania  Terracomnius) governor S. Sulpicius Galba revolted, also declaring for the Senate. A member of  an ancient senatorial family, he proclaimed himself Princeps. He was supported by other Spanish  governors, as well as by some African propraetors. While the two raised armies, L. Virgilius  Rufus from Upper Germany responded to Vindex's letters by defeating him. Hailed by his troops  as Caesar, he declared no interest in rule. At this point Galba went to Rome. No one stopped him. 
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