Caesar, Civil War

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equitatumque ex Italia expectaret, ipse ut omnibus copiis Domitium aggrederetur.

79. His de causis uterque eorum celeritati studebat, et suis ut esset auxilio <et> ad opprimendos adversarios ne occasioni temporis deesset. 2Sed Caesarem Apollonia a derecto itinere averterat. Pompeius per Candaviam iter in Macedoniam expeditum habebat. 3Accessit etiam ex improviso aliud incommodum, quod Domitius, <cum>98 dies complures castris Scipionis castra collata habuisset, rei frumentariae causa ab eo discesserat et Heracliam Senticam,99 quae est subiecta Candaviae, iter fecerat, ut ipsa Fortuna illum obicere Pompeio videretur. 4(Haec ad id tempus Caesar ignorabat.) Simul a Pompeio litteris per omnes provincias civitatesque dimissis proelio ad Dyrrachium facto latius inflatiusque multo quam res erat gesta fama percrebuerat: pulsum fugere Caesarem paene omnibus copiis amissis. Haec itinera infesta reddiderat, haec civitates nonnullas ab eius amicitia avertebat. 5Quibus accidit rebus ut pluribus dimissi itineribus a Caesare ad Domitium et a Domitio ad Caesarem nulla ratione iter conficere possent. 6Sed Allobroges, Roucilli atque Egi familiares, quos perfugisse ad Pompeium demonstravimus, conspicati <in> itinere exploratores Domiti, seu pristina sua consuetudine quod una in Gallia bella gesserant seu gloria elati cuncta ut erant acta exposuerunt et Caesaris profectionem, adventum Pompei docuerunt. 7A quibus Domitius

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of legions and cavalry from Italy, he himself would attack Domitius with all of his forces.

79. For these reasons each of them was determined to make haste, in order to relieve his own side and avoid wasting an opportunity to crush his adversaries. 2But Apollonia had been a detour for Caesar, while Pompey’s march through Candavia to Macedonia was unencumbered. 3An additional and unexpected setback occurred in that Domitius, although for several days he had been keeping his camp in contact with Scipio’s, had parted ways for the sake of his food supply and marched to Heraclia Sentica, which is near Candavia,94 so that Fortune seemed to be putting him in Pompey’s way. 4(Caesar was unaware of this at the time.) At the same time, because of the letters distributed by Pompey to every province and city after the battle at Dyrrachium, a report had spread whose terms were overly general and exaggerated beyond the event itself: Caesar had been routed and was now in flight after losing almost all of his forces. This rendered the roads unsafe and deflected some cities from their allegiance to Caesar. 5As a result, messengers sent by Caesar to Domitius and Domitius to him on various routes could find no way to complete their journeys. 6Some Allobroges, however, connections of Roucillus and Egus, whose desertion to Pompey I mentioned, caught sight of Domitius’ scouts on the march, told them everything as it had happened, and informed them about Caesar’s march and Pompey’s approach, either from past habit (they had fought on the same side in Gaul) or carried away with self-importance. 7With their information

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.caesar-civil_war.2016