Chapter 4.35-6

Caesar etsī idem quod superiōribus diēbus acciderat fore vidēbat, ut, sī essent hostēs pulsī, celeritāte perīculum effugerent, tamen nactus equitēs circiter XXX, quōs Commius Atrebas, dē quō ante dictum est, sēcum trānsportāverat, legiōnēs in aciē prō castrīs cōnstituit. Commīssō proeliō, diūtius nostrōrum mīlitum impetum hostēs ferre nōn potuērunt āc terga vertērunt. Quōs tantō spatiō secūtī quantum cursū et vīribus efficere potuērunt, complūrēs ex eīs occīdērunt, deinde omnibus longē lātēque aedificiīs incēnsīs sē in castra recēpērunt.

Eōdem diē lēgātī ab hostibus mīssī ad Caesarem dē pāce vēnērunt.

The Britons are put to flight.

Idem fore, ut: ‘that the same thing would occur… namely, that’ (Walker)

Idem: subject of fore, explained by the appositive clause ut…effugerent. (Kelsey)

Ut effugerent: (in apposition with idem, the subject of fore), namely, that if, &c. (Allen & Judson)

Tanto spatio, etc.: ‘so far as their speed and strength allowed.’ (Kelsey)

Cursu et viribus: ‘hard running’ (Towle & Jenks)

Efficere: ‘cover’ (Towle & Jenks)

tanto spatio quantum…potuerunt: ‘over as great a distance as their speed and strength permitted.’ (Walker)

etsī: conj., even if, although

cĕlĕrĭtas, -ātis f.: swiftness, quickness, speed

effŭgo, -āre: put to flight

nanciscor, -i, nactus sum: get, come upon

circĭter adv.:  round about, on every side, about, near

transporto, āre: carry over or across; remove, transport 

diūtius: comparative adverb of diū

complūres, -a: more than one, not a few, several, very many

aedĭfĭcĭum, -i n.: building; (sometimes) villages

incendo, -ĕre, -ndi, -nsum: set on fire

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Christopher Francese, Caesar: Selections from the Gallic War. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Dickinson College Commentaries, 2011, revised and enlarged 2018. ISBN: 978-1-947822-02-3. http://dcc.dickinson.edu/caesar/book-4/chapter-4-35-6