But Cestius sent Gallus, the commander of the twelfth legion, into
Galilee, and delivered to him as many of his forces as he supposed sufficient
to subdue that nation. He was received by the strongest city of Galilee,
which was Sepphoris, with acclamations of joy; which wise conduct of that
city occasioned the rest of the cities to be in quiet; while the seditious
part and the robbers ran away to that mountain which lies in the very middle
of Galilee, and is situated over against Sepphoris; it is called Asamon.
So Gallus brought his forces against them; but while those men were in
the superior parts above the Romans, they easily threw their darts upon
the Romans, as they made their approaches, and slew about two hundred of
them. But when the Romans had gone round the mountains, and were gotten
into the parts above their enemies, the others were soon beaten; nor could
they who had only light armor on sustain the force of them that fought
them armed all over; nor when they were beaten could they escape the enemies'
horsemen; insomuch that only some few concealed themselves in certain places
hard to be come at, among the mountains, while the rest, above two thousand
in number, were slain.