Iosephvs Octavivs Longinvs

Primvs Pilvs Centurion.
10th Legion Fretensis

Mevm nomen est Iosephvs Octavivs Longinvs

Name: Iosephvs Octavivs Longinvs
Rank: Centurion
Origin: Panormvs – Sicilia, Italia

I come from an old family of Punic grain merchants from the port-city of Panormvs on the Western Coast of Sicily. My parents gave me the name of my great great grandfather and since I was the eight born, I earned also Octavivs.

Unfortunately my family endured a lot of hardships under Caivs Verres, proconsul to Sicily, during his government between 73-71 b.C. His extortion of local farmers and plundering of temples led to his prosecution by Cicero, resulting into Verres’s exile. 35 years later my family ended up in the midst of a stand-off between Sextvs Pompeivs and Rome. Being the bread basket of Rome, Pompeivs occupied Sicily and blocked the journey of the expedition carrying grain to bring the city to its knees. This was during the second triumvirate of Octavian, Marcvs Antonivs and Lepidvs. Octavian sent his admiral Agrippa and his fleet to Sicily and at the naval battle of Navlochvs, Pompeivs was defeated. My great great grandfather was one of Agrippa’s advisors and his knowledge of the Sea Strait of Messina was crucial in this victory. This earned our family prestige, honour and above all – Roman citizenship.

Roman citizenship made my dream come true. At the age of 18, I enlisted as a legionary with the X Fretensis, founded by Octavian after he was proclaimed emperor (Avgvstvs). This made me travel far from my home-town to the East – Judaea. After 17 long years in service I was promoted by Qvintvs, my Centvrio, to the grade of Optio and after just one year I was promoted again to Centvrio to replace him after he died in an ambush by Sicari close to the Hebron hills to the South of Jerusalem. May the gods put his soul to rest in peace and prosperity! Now it is my turn to avenge his death! Soon we will put Jerusalem under siege! May Titvs and the gods give us a clear victory!

Nickname (Agnomina) – Longinvs “long” given to me for the long distances I used to run as an athlete when I was younger, during the legionary-games organised yearly by our legion.