Drossi Wars

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The Drossi Wars were part of the larger Roman Wars of Pacification which established Roman control in the province of Gallia Maritima.

The southeast region of the province, occupied by the Drossi tribe, was officially conquered in 91 CE. by Quintus Sabius Lacus, who took the agnomen Drossianus. He bested the local people and claimed control of several territories. But the real work was done by his lieutenant, who conquered thirty villages. He took some by sheer force and others by exploiting rivalries between the Drossi and the Aravanni to the south. These alliances with the Aravanni would facilitate the Roman domination of the Drossi.

By this time, some of the Drossi warlords and villages may have already been somewhat subject to Rome, but at any rate a significant number of them came into the political sphere of the Roman Empire voluntarily through alliance. Lacus founded a new city named Lacurris on top of the existing city of Ilúr (probably the modern-day ____ in the autonomous county of the monastic lands). It was built of standard Roman construction and it appears to have housed several disorganized Drossi and Aravanni groups. The city would have been founded in roughly 96 CE according to references in later writings. The foundation of this city marks the end of the Drossi culture and the consolidation of Roman influence in the area of the River Lhemine. Lacurris would prove to be situated in the middle of a region that would be hotly contested between the Drossi and Aravanni. The area roughly corresponds to the modern River Raebigho Valley. Lacus was responsible for the majority of the treaties signed with the two groups. The treaties generally established a tribute from the surrounding cities to be paid in silver or other products of the earth. Each city had to supply a predetermined amount of men for the army, and only a select few cities had the right to issue currency.