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Titus Livius (Livy), The History of Rome, Book 37 (ed. Evan T. Sage, PhD professor of latin and head of the department of classics in the University of Pittsburgh), chapter 43 (search)
The camp was under the command of Marcus Aemilius, tribune of the soldiers, the son of that Marcus Lepidus who a few years later became pontifex maximus.In 180 B.C. (XL. xlii. 12). When he saw the flight of his men, he met them with his entire guard and ordered them first to halt and then to return to the battle, taunting them with fear and disgraceful flight; then he uttered threats that they were rushing blindly toB.C. 190 their own deaths if they did not obey his orders; finally, he gave the signal to his own men to kill the first of the fugitives and with steel and wounds to drive against the enemy the mass of those that followed. This greater fear prevailed over the lesser; driven by terror in front and rear they first halted; then they too returned to the fight, and Aemilius with his own guard —they were two thousand gallant men —boldly withstood the onrushing king, and Attalus, the brother of Eumenes, from the right flank, where the enemy's left had