Domitian was said to have been desperate for military glory. Soon after he became emperor he founded a new legion, Legio I Minervia, and marched to Gaul apparently to conduct a census. Instead he marched into Germania to attack the Chatti. He built 75 kilometres of roads into Chattan territory. Little information about the actual campaigns remain but it is clear that the ancient authors thought that the campaign was nothing more than a sham designed to elicit a triumph. The Chatti were clearly still enough of a force that they were able to join Saturninus’ rebellion in AD 89.
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