The Gauls, terrified as they were by the recollection of the defeat of the Tolostobogii, carrying weapons fixed in their bodies and wearied both by [p. 93]
standing and by wounds, did not endure even the1
first assault and shout of the Romans.
Their flight was directed towards their camp, but few found their way within the ramparts; the majority was carried past to right and left and fled wherever the course of each led.
The victors, cutting them down from behind, followed as far as the camp; then they remained in the camp in their greed for plunder, nor did anyone pursue.
On the flanks the Gauls stood firm longer because the attack was slower to reach them; but they did not endure even the first volley of weapons.
Since the consul was unable to tear away from their plundering the troops who had entered the camp, he at once sent those who had been on the flanks to pursue the enemy.
Although they followed for a considerable distance, they did not kill more than eight thousand men in the flight, for there was no battle; the rest crossed the river Halys.
A large part of the Romans stayed that night in the camp of the enemy; the consul led the rest back to their own camp. The next day he surveyed the prisoners and booty, which was as great as a people most greedy for plunder could amass after holding under armed control for many years everything on this side of the Taurus mountain.
The Gauls, assembling in one place after their scattered and disorderly flight, most of them being wounded or unarmed, stripped of everything, sent ambassadors to the consul concerning peace.
Manlius ordered them to come to Ephesus; he himself —for it was now mid-autumn —was in haste to get away from regions cold owing to the neighbourhood of the Taurus mountain2
and led the victorious army back into winter quarters on the sea coast. [p. 95]