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Julius Caesar, Chapter 66: Military genius.
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When they were in a panic through reports about the enemy's numbers, he [Note 1] used to rouse their courage not by denying or discounting the rumours, but by falsely exaggerating the true danger. For instance, when the anticipation of Juba's coming [Note 2] filled them with terror, he called the soldiers together and said: Let me tell you that within the next few days the king will be here with ten legions, thirty thousand horsemen, a hundred thousand light-armed troops and three hundred elephants. Therefore some of you may as well cease to ask further questions or make surmises and may rather believe me, since I know all about it. Otherwise, I shall surely have them shipped on some worn out craft and carried off to whatever lands the wind may blow them. |
Event: The Civil war