About Titus Flavius Petro
He served under Pompey and fought at the Battle of Pharsalus, though he fled the battlefield; subsequently pardoned and became a tax collector.
Titus Flavius Petro (fl 1st century BC) was the paternal grandfather of the Roman Emperor Vespasian.
He was a son of a contracted laborer, who each summer crossed the Po to assist the Sabines with their harvests.
Petro was born and raised in Reate, in Sabinia, Italy. He fought for Pompey in Caesar's Civil War and as a Centurion or a volunteer reservist. Leaving the battlefield of Pharsalus in Greece, he secured a discharge with a full pardon and became a tax collector.
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