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12 Salvius interrupts Memor’s response because he says, “I am innocent. Salv …” Salvius believes that Memor is about to implicate him in the plot. 13 Salvius called Cogidubnus a barbarian who had dared to remove a Roman from his position. 14 Salvius accuses Cogidubnus of ingratitude and annoying the Romans. 15 Salvius says that he has received an order from the emperor to seize his kingdom.
16 Cogidubnus is casting his Roman badges of office and honor to the ground in a display of his anger/disgust at the Romans’ treachery and lack of gratitude for forty years of loyal service as an ally. 17 Memor does not have to fear Cogidubnus, arrest, or prosecution because the involvement of the emperor has been revealed. Memor was acting as Domitian’s agent. Salvius was originally concerned about being charged as an accomplice in the murder plot. When Cogidubnus says that he has removed Memor from being in charge of the baths, Salvius takes this as the last straw and charges Cogidubnus with overstepping his bounds. He orders Cogidubnus to return to the palace at once. Cogidubnus is to be removed as client-king and his kingdom taken over by the Romans. He has no more legal standing to rule in southern Britain.