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light hold, piling up from both sides they overwhelmed arms, men and horses, so that hardly ten men escaped.
For after very many had been killed by tree-trunks and broken branches, and the rest of the troops were alarmed by the unforeseen calamity, the Gauls under arms, surrounding the whole defileHere also it is difficult to believe that saltus is used as another word for forest, since the whole silva vasta (§ 7) could hardly be surrounded by the Gauls. Cf. Frontinus I. vi. 4. Even in 43 B.C. there were still remnants of forest along the Aemilian Way; ib. II. v. 39. slew them, while but few out of so many were captured, —the men who were making their way to a bridge over a river, but were cut off, since the bridge had by that time been occupied by the enemy.
There Postumius fell fighting with all his might to avoid capture. Spoils taken from his body and the severed head of the general were carried in triumph by the Boians to the temple which is most revered in their land.