Legio II Italica
Legio secunda Italica (Second Italian legion), was a Roman legion.
In 180 II Italica was stationed in Lauriacum, modern Lorch.
Year of the five Emperors
In 193, II Italica marched into Rome with Septimius Severus, then fighting for power. The new emperor awarded them the title of Fidelis (loyal) to acknowledge the support. Later Septimius Severus would use II Italica against the rebellions of Pescennius Niger and Clodius Albinus, and in his Parthian campaigns.
In the 3rd century, support of the legions was a crucial demand for candidates to the throne. Well aware of this fact, Gallienus granted II Italica the cognomina VII Pia VII Fidelis (seven times faithful, seven times loyal) to secure their continuing support.
There are still records of the II Italica in Noricum in the beginning of the 5th century.