The mouth of the Rubicon in
250 m (820 ft)
|Length||80 km (50 mi)|
The Rubicon (
The modern-day river flows for around 80 km (50 mi) from the
Governors of Roman provinces were appointed
Exercising imperium when forbidden by the law was a capital offense. Furthermore, obeying the commands of a general who did not legally possess imperium was also a capital offense. If a general entered Italy while exercising command of an army, both the general and his soldiers became outlaws and were automatically condemned to death. Generals were thus obliged to disband their armies before entering Italy.