>Pharnaces, according to plan surrenders to Pompey, but after Pompey leaves, he doesn't make good on his promise.
> BTW if the three loci describe the same man, here's a scenario which
> will satisfy that:
> 63 BCE Crassus and Caesar obtain assurances from Pharnaces that he
> will carry out Mithridates' plan, but only to a territory outside
> the boundaries of Rome, on the condition that sufficient financial
> backing will continue as under Mithridates. C & C dump Catiline,
> who starts his insurrection.
>Caesar names Olthaces/Ariovistus a friend of the Roman people in return for a promise that he will cease making war on the Aedui and stay in the areas given to him by the Sequani. The Sequani and the Aedui surreptitiously attack Olthaces/Ariovistus to drive him out, but are defeated. Naturally Olthaces/Ariovistus suspects Caesar is involved; he begins oppressing the Sequani.
> 61 BCE Olthaces is led in Pompey's triumph and released afterwards.
> C & C meet with him to discuss the revival of Mithidates' plan.
> Olthaces goes home to Dandaria, equips the army from those he knows
> were interested in 63, and begins moving north.
> 60 BCE L. Afranius, a consul of 60, goes to war somewhere in the
> Alps from the border town of Aquileia (Mommsen, based on the fact
> that A. was accorded a triumph), in my opinion with Noricum to put
> an end to the disturbance Olthaces / Ariovistus is causing there and
> in the Agri Decumates. C and C obtain a deal with Pompey (first
> triumvirate) to defuse the dangerous situation with Pompey's
> veterans roaming the streets of Rome breadless: get Ceasar elected
> consul so he can pass agrarian laws to benefit the veterans.
> Accordingly they tell Olthaces/Ariovistus to go screw himself.
> Olthaces/Ariovistus instead allies himself with the Sequani against
> the Aedui.
> 59 BCE In recognition of the extremely dangerous situation the Lex
> Vatinia proposed by Caesar's man P. Vatinius is passed, giving
> the Caesar the provinces Gallia Cisalpinia and Illyricum for five
> years, in order to combat this threat. Later, when it seems
> Olthaces/Ariovistus will concentrate his activities to Gaul, Caesar
> receives Gallia Transalpina as province too.