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[6] Then Crassinius, stretching forth his right hand, said with a loud voice: ‘We shall win a glorious victory, O Caesar, and thou shalt praise me to-day, whether I am alive or dead’ So saying, he plunged foremost into the enemy at full speed, carrying along with him the one hundred and twenty soldiers under his command. But after cutting his way through the first rank, and while he was forging onwards with great slaughter, he was beaten back by the thrust of a sword through his mouth, and the point of the sword actually came out at the back of his neck.1

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