But let Greeks and Phrygians and Carians fear these things to which they are unused and unaccustomed; to Romans Gallic riotingsTumultus, which became almost technical for uprisings in Gaul (XXXI. x. 1, etc.), is here used in a different sense, as a summary of what has just preceded. are familiar and their vain displays too are well known.
Once, when we first met them at the Allia,The river which was the scene of the defeat which led to the capture of Rome (traditionally dated 390 B.C.); cf. V. xxxvii. —xxxix. our ancestors long ago fled before them; from that time now for two hundred years, terrified like animals they are slain and routed, and more triumphs, almost, have been celebrated over the Gauls than over all the
world. This has now been learned by experience: if you bear up under their first onset, into which they rush with glowing enthusiasm and blind passion, their limbs grow lax with sweat and weariness, their weapons fall from their hands; their soft bo