And now I perceived innovations were already begun, and that there
were a great many very much elevated in hopes of a revolt from the Romans.
I therefore endeavored to put a stop to these tumultuous persons, and persuaded
them to change their minds; and laid before their eyes against whom it
was that they were going to fight, and told them that they were inferior
to the Romans not only in martial skill, but also in good fortune; and
desired them not rashly, and after the most foolish manner, to bring on
the dangers of the most terrible mischiefs upon their country, upon their
families, and upon themselves. And this I said with vehement exhortation,
because I foresaw that the end of such a war would be most unfortunate
to us. But I could not persuade them; for the madness of desperate men
was quite too hard for me.