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Such was the state of the war, when Petilius Cerialis reached Mogontiacum. Great expectations were raised by his arrival. Eager for battle, and more ready to despise than to be on his guard against the enemy, he fired the spirit of the troops by his bold language; for he would, he said, fight without a moment's delay, as soon as it was possible to meet the foe. The levies which had been raised in Gaul he ordered back to their respective States, with instructions to proclaim that the leg
sk a decisive battle. This made Cerialis move with more rapidity. He
sent to the Mediomatrici persons commissioned to conduct the legions which
were there by the shortest route against the enemy; and, collecting such
troops as there were at Mogontiacum and such as he
had brought with himself, he arrived in three days' march at Rigodulum. Valentinus, at the head of a large body of
Treveri, had occupied this position, which was protected by hills, and by
the river Mosella. He had also stren