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Book I Chapter 47: Caesar against Ariovistus. Embassadors of Caesar arrested.[58 BC]
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Two days after, Ariovistus sends embassadors to Caesar, to state "that he wished to treat with him about those things which had been begun to be treated of between them, but had not been concluded;" [and to beg] that "he would either again appoint a day for a conference; or, if he were not willing to do that, that he would send one of his officers] as an embassador to him." There did not appear to Caesar any good reason for holding a conference; and the more so as the day before the Germans could not be restrained from casting weapons at our men. He thought he should not without great danger send to him as embassador one of his [ Roman] officers, and should expose him to savage men. It seemed [therefore] most proper to send to him Gaius Valerius Procillus, the son of Gaius Valerius Caburus, a young man of the highest courage and accomplishments (whose father had been presented with the freedom of the city by Gaius Valerius Flaccus), both on account of his fidelity and on account of his knowledge of the Gallic language which Ariovistus, by long practice, now spoke fluently; and because in his case the Germans would have no motive for committing violence; and [as his colleague] Marcus Mettius, who had shared the hospitality of Ariovistus. He commissioned them to learn what Ariovistus had to say, and to report to him. But when Ariovistus saw them before him in his camp, he cried out in the presence of his army, "Why were they come to him? Was it for the purpose of acting as spies?" He stopped them when attempting to speak, and cast them into chains.
Event: Caesar against Ariovistus