In the mean time, Caesar left Caius
Antonius in the country of the Bellovaci, with fifteen
cohorts, that the Belgae might have no opportunity of forming new
plans in future. He himself visits the other states, demands a great number of
hostages, and by his encouraging language allays the apprehensions of all. When
he came to the Carnutes, in whose state he has in a former
commentary mentioned that the war first broke out; observing, that from a
consciousness of their guilt, they seemed to be in the greatest terror: to
relieve the state the sooner from its fear, he demanded that
Guturvatus, the promoter of that treason, and the instigator of
that rebellion, should be delivered up to punishment. And though the latter did
not dare to trust his life even to his own countrymen, yet such diligent search
was made by them all, that he was soon brought to our camp. Caesar was forced to punish him, by the clamors of the soldiers,
contrary to his natural humanity, for they alleged that all the dangers and
losses incurred in that war, ought to be imputed to Guturvatus.
Accordingly, he was whipped to death, and his head cut off.