And on the first arrival of our army they made frequent sallies from the town,
and contended with our men in trifling skirmishes; afterward, when hemmed in by
a rampart of twelve feet [in height], and fifteen miles in circuit, they kept
themselves within the town. When, vineae having been brought up and a mound
raised, they observed that a tower also was being built at a distance, they at
first began to mock the Romans from their wall, and
to taunt them with the following speeches. "For what purpose was so vast a
machine constructed at so great a distance? With what hands," or "with what
strength did they, especially [as they were] men of such very small stature"
(for our shortness of stature, in comparison to the great size of their bodies,
is generally a subject of much contempt to the men of Gaul) "trust to
place against their walls a tower of such great weight."