Being on the same day informed by his scouts, that the enemy had encamped at the
foot of a mountain eight miles from his own camp; he sent persons to ascertain
what the nature of the mountain was, and of what kind the ascent on every side.
Word was brought back, that it was easy. During the third watch he orders
Titus Labienus, his lieutenant with praetorian powers, to
ascend to the highest ridge of the mountain with two legions, and with those as
guides who had examined the road; he explains what his plan is. He himself
during the fourth watch, hastens to them by the same route by which the enemy
had gone, and sends on all the cavalry before him. Publius
Considius, who was reputed to be very experienced in military
affairs, and had been in the army of Lucius Sulla, and afterward in
that of Marcus Crassus, is sent forward with the scouts.