Dio Cassius, Roman History

LCL 53: 174-175

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Dio’s Roman History

τὸν Ἴσαρα οἰκούντων ἐπεκούρησάν σφισι. τότε γὰρ οὐκ ἐτόλμησε μὲν αὐτοὺς ὑπὸ τοῦ πλήθους τῶν πλοίων περαιωθῆναι κωλῦσαι, μὴ καὶ συστραφῶσιν ἰδόντες σφᾶς ἀντιπαρατεταγμένους, 4ὑλώδους δὲ τοῦ χωρίου μετὰ τὸν ποταμὸν εὐθὺς ὄντος, ἐνέδρας ἐν αὐτῷ ἐποιήσατο, καὶ τοὺς ἀεὶ διαβαίνοντας ὑπολαμβάνων ἔφθειρε. φεύγουσί τέ τισιν ἐπισπόμενος περιέπεσεν αὐτῷ Κατουγνάτῳ· κἂν πασσυδὶ διώλετο, εἰ μὴ χειμὼν σφοδρὸς ἐξαίφνης ἐπιγενόμενος ἐπέσχε τοὺς βαρβάρους 48τῆς διώξεως. καὶ ὁ μὲν μετὰ τοῦτο, τοῦ Κατουγνάτου πόρρω ποι ἀφορμήσαντος, τήν τε χώραν αὖθις κατέδραμε καὶ τὸ τεῖχος παρ᾿ ᾧ ἐδυστύχησεν ἐξεῖλε· Λούκιος δὲ δὴ Μάριος καὶ Σέρουιος Γάλβας τόν τε Ῥοδανὸν ἐπεραιώθησαν, καὶ τὰ τῶν Ἀλλοβρίγων λυμηνάμενοι τέλος πρὸς 2Σολώνιον πόλιν ἦλθον, καὶ χωρίον μέν τι1 ὑπὲρ αὐτῆς ἰσχυρὸν κατέλαβον, μάχῃ τε τοὺς ἀντιστάντας σφίσιν ἐνίκησαν, καί τινα καὶ τοῦ πολίσματος ξυλίνου πῃ ὄντος ἐνέπρησαν, οὐ μέντοι καὶ εἷλον αὐτό· ὁ γὰρ Κατούγνατος ἐπελθὼν ἐκώλυσε. μαθὼν οὖν τοῦτο ὁ Πομπτῖνος ἐπεστράτευσέ τε ἐπ᾿ αὐτὸ παντὶ τῷ στρατῷ, καὶ πολιορκήσας σφᾶς ἐχειρώσατο πλὴν τοῦ Κατουγνάτου.

49Καὶ ὁ μὲν καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ ῥᾷον ἐκ τούτου προσκατεστρέψατο, Πομπήιος δὲ ἦλθε μὲν ἐς τὴν Ἰταλίαν ἐν τῷ χρόνῳ τούτῳ, καὶ τόν τε Ἀφράνιον τὸν Λούκιον καὶ τὸν Μέτελλον τὸν Κέλερα ὑπάτους ἀποδειχθῆναι ἐποίησεν, ἐλπίσας δι᾿ αὐτῶν 2μάτην πάνθ᾿ ὅσα ἐβούλετο καταπράξειν. ἤθελε



Isara came to their aid. For the time being he did not b.c. 61 dare to hinder them from crossing, by reason of the number of their boats, for fear they might gather in a body on seeing the Romans arrayed against them. As the country was wooded, however, right down to the river bank, he planted ambuscades there, and captured and destroyed the men as fast as they crossed. While following up some fugitives he fell in with Catugnatus himself, and would have perished with all his force, had not a violent storm suddenly come up and prevented the barbarians from pursuing. Later, when Catugnatus had retired to some distant point, Lentinus overran the country again and destroyed the town before which he had met with his reverse. Lucius Marius and Servius Galba crossed the Rhone and after ravaging the possessions of the Allobroges finally reached the city of Solonium and occupied a strong position commanding it. They conquered their opponents in battle and also set fire to portions of the town, which was partly constructed of wood; they did not capture it, however, being prevented by the arrival of Catugnatus. Pomptinus, on learning of this, proceeded against the place with his entire army, besieged it, and got possession of the defenders, with the exception of Catugnatus. After that he more easily subjugated the remaining districts.

At this time Pompey entered Italy and had Lucius b.c. 60 Afranius and Metellus Celer appointed consuls, vainly hoping that through them he could effect whatever he desired. He wished in particular to have some

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.dio_cassius-roman_history.1914