The ships having been drawn up and a general assembly of the Gauls held at Samarobriva
, because the
corn that year had not prospered in Gaul by reason of the droughts,
he was compelled to station his army in its winter-quarters differently from the
former years, and to distribute the legions among several states: one of them he
gave to C. Fabius, his lieutenant, to be marched into
the territories of the Morini; a second to Q.
Cicero, into those of the Nervii; a third to L. Roscius, into those of the Essui; a
fourth he ordered to winter with T. Labienus among the
Remi in the confines of the Treviri ; he stationed three in Belgium ; over these he
appointed M. Crassus, his questor, and L. Munatius Plancus and C.
Trebonius, his lieutenants. One legion which he had raised last on
the other side of the Po, and five cohorts, he sent among the
Eburones, the greatest portion of whom lie between the Meuse and the Rhine , [and] who were under
the government of Ambiorix and Cativolcus. He ordered
Q. Titurius Sabinus and L.
Aurunculeius Cotta, his lieutenants, to take command of these
soldiers. The legions being distributed in this manner, he thought he could most
easily remedy the scarcity of corn and yet the winter-quarters of all these
legions (except that which he had given to L. Roscius,
to be led into the most peaceful and tranquil neighborhood) were comprehended
within [about] 100 miles. He himself in the mean while, until he had stationed
the legions and knew that the several winter-quarters were fortified, determined
to stay in Gaul.