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[18] Thereupon the generals offered sacrifice, so that they could begin the march at the moment they thought best1—for they feared that the pass over the mountains might be occupied in advance; and they issued orders that when the troops had dined, every man should pack up his belongings and go to rest, and then fall into line as soon as the word of command was given.

1 As a rule it was immediately before an army set out that sacrifice was offered.

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