Caesar, being convinced that his lenity was known to all
men, and being under no fears of being thought to act severely from a natural
cruelty, and perceiving that there would be no end to his troubles if several
states should attempt to rebel in like manner and in different places, resolved
to deter others by inflicting an exemplary punishment on these. Accordingly he
cut off the hands of those who had borne arms against him. Their lives he
spared, that the punishment of their rebellion might be the more conspicuous.
Drapes, who I have said was taken by Caninius, either through
indignation and grief arising from his captivity, or through fear of severer
punishments, abstained from food for several days, and thus perished. At the
same time, Luterius, who, I have related, had escaped from the
battle, having fallen into the hands of Epasnactus, an
Arvernian (for he frequently changed his quarters, and threw
himself on the honor of several persons, as he saw that he dare not remain long
in one place, and was conscious how great an enemy he deserved to have in Caesar), was by this Epasnactus, the
Arvernian, a sincere friend of the Roman people, delivered without any hesitation, a prisoner to Caesar.