Two journeys to Rome on monastic business afforded him the opportunity of travelling over most of Italy; and after his final return he saw much of France, while acting as secretary to various provincials of his order there.
The Girondins addressed themselves to provincials who had lost the power of initiative.
The provincials could never get justice from a court composed of senators, and it was carried into effect by Pompey with Caesar's aid.
Having been refused a prize owing to the prejudice against African provincials, he left Rome in disgust, and after travelling for some time set up at Tarraco as a teacher of rhetoric. Here he was persuaded by an acquaintance to return to Rome, for it is generally agreed that he is the Florus who wrote the well-known lines quoted together with Hadrian's answer by Aelius Spartianus (Hadrian 16).
It represents the original rustic Latin of the Roman provincials in Moesia and Dacia, as modified by centuries of alien rule.