Disposition of Troops
But while Molon was doing his best to calm the panic,
Disposition of the king's army.
the king, fully prepared for the engagement, was
marching his whole army out of their lines at
daybreak. On his right wing he stationed his
lancers under the command of Ardys, a man of proved ability
in the field; next to them the Cretan allies, and next the
Gallic Rhigosages. Next these he placed the foreign contingent and mercenary soldiers from Greece
, and next to them
he stationed his phalanx: the left wing he assigned to the
cavalry called the "Companions."1
His elephants, which
were ten in number, he placed at intervals in front of
the line. His reserves of infantry and cavalry he divided
between the two wings, with orders to outflank the enemy as
soon as the battle had begun. He then went along the line
and addressed a few words of exhortation to the men suitable
to the occasion; and put Hermeias and Zeuxis in command
of the left wing, taking that of the right himself.
On the other side, owing to the panic caused by his rash
movement of the previous night, Molon was unable to get his men out of camp, or into position without difficulty and confusion. He did
however divide his cavalry between his two wings, guessing
what the disposition of the enemy would be; and stationed
the scutati and Gauls, and in short all his heavy-armed
men in the space between the two bodies of cavalry. His
archers, slingers, and all such kind of troops he placed
on the outer flank of the cavalry on either wing; while
his scythed chariots he placed at intervals in front of his line.
He gave his brother Neolaus command of the left wing, taking
that of the right himself.