About the same time the Ligures, mustering an army under a formula of devotion,1
by night suddenly attacked the camp of Quintus Minucius the proconsul.
Minucius kept his troops in formation within the rampart right up to daybreak, being anxious to prevent any crossing of the fortifications by the enemy.
At daybreak he made a sally through two gates at once.
But the first attack did not, as he had hoped, drive away the Ligures; for two hours longer they made the issue uncertain; finally, when column after column came forth and fresh men were relieving the exhausted in the battle, the Ligures at length, worn out by loss of sleep along with everything else, turned to flight. More than four thousand of the enemy were killed; of the Romans and allies less than three hundred were lost.
About two months later Publius Cornelius the consul fought in pitched battle with the army of the Boii with notable results.
Valerius Antias writes that thirty-eight thousand of the enemy were slain, three thousand four hundred captured, [p. 267]
with one hundred twenty-four military standards,2
one thousand two hundred thirty horses, two hundred forty-seven carts; of the victors the losses were one thousand four hundred eighty-four.
Although even in this case little confidence can be placed in this writer in a question of numbers, because no other is more unrestrained than he in exaggeration, yet it is clear that it was a great victory, first, because the camp was captured, second, because the Boii surrendered immediately after the battle,3
third, because a thanksgiving was proclaimed and full-grown victims slain.