Last night's Roman History book chat was the second on Tacitus' Histories, with a focus on the year of four emperors. A topic that came up that we couldn't answer was how (and even whether) the soldiers were paid amid the chaos, especially if they were on the losing side. If you know the answer, please post in the comments. Suggestions included:
- Soldiers were paid by means of confiscation of the land through which the troops marched, and
- Rich men on the side of the individual imperial aspirants might have financed the operations.