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[2] However, even then he won a great victory in which he slew six thousand of the enemy; and he never allowed them to get a grip upon him, but even when he was hemmed about with-trenches bided his time, and was not unduly irritated by their insults and challenges. We are told that Publius Silo, 1 who had the greatest authority and power among the enemy, once said to him, ‘If thou art a great general, Marius, come down and fight it out with us’; to which Marius answered, ‘Nay, but do thou, if thou art a great general, force me to fight it out with you against my will.’

1 Pompaedius Silo, leader of the Marsi. Cf. the Cato Minor , ii. 1-4 .

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