This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
Subsequently, more definite information was received from Oroanda to the effect that the Tolostobogii had actually occupied Olympus;  that the Tectosagi going in a different direction had established themselves on another mountain called Magaba, and that the Trocmi had left their wives and children in the care of the Tectosagi and gone to the assistance of the Tolostobogii. The chiefs of these three tribes were Ortiagon, Comboiomarus and Gaulotus.  Their main reason for adopting this mode of warfare was that by holding the principal heights in the country, provided with everything they might require for an indefinite period, they hoped to wear out the enemy.  They never imagined he would venture to approach them over such steep and difficult ground; if he did make the attempt they believed that even a small force would be sufficient to dislodge him or throw him back in confusion; whilst if he remained inactive at the foot of the mountain he would be unable to endure the cold and hunger.  Though the height of their position was itself a protection, they drew a trench and constructed other defences round the peaks on which they were established.  Missile weapons they troubled themselves very little about as they thought the rocky ground would supply them with plenty of stones.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.