Chapter 5.32

At hostēs, posteā quam ex nocturnō fremitū vigiliīsque dē profectiōne eōrum sēnsērunt, collocātīs īnsidiīs bipertītō in silvīs opportūnō atque occultō locō ā mīlibus passuum circiter duōbus Rōmānōrum adventum exspectābant et, cum sē māior pars āgminis in māgnam convallem dēmīsisset, ex utrāque parte ēius vallis subitō sē ostendērunt, novīssimōsque premere et prīmōs prohibēre ascēnsū atque inīquissimō nostrīs locō proelium committere coepērunt.

Ambiorix's forces attack the column in a defile.

bipertito: ‘at two points' (Moberly); 'in two divisions' (Gaisser).

a milibus passuum circiter duobus: 'about two miles away' (Gaisser) ( A&G 425.b).

se: object of demisisset: 'had let itself down,' i.e., 'had descended' (Gaisser).

novissimos: 'the last ones,' 'those in the rear' (Gaisser).

primos: 'the first ones,' 'the vanguard' (Gaisser).

nostris: dat. with iniquissimo. (Hodges)( A&G 383)

proelium committere: 'to join battle,' 'to engage' (Gaisser).

frĕmĭtus, -ūs m.: din, noise

vǐgǐlǐa, ae f.: wakefulness, sleeplessness

prŏfectĭo, -ōnis f.: setting out, departure

collǒcō, -āre, -āvi, -ātum: to place together, to arrange, to station

insǐdǐae, -ārum f.: an ambush, snare, trap

bipertītō adv.: in two parts, corps

opportūnus, -a, -um: fit, convenient, suitable, opportune

passus, ūs m.: a step, pace

circǐter: round about, on every side

convallis, -is f.: valley (surrounded on all sides)

dēmitto, dēmittěre, dēmīsi, dēmissum: to send down; to drop; bring down 

valls, -is f.: valley

ascensus, -ūs m.: upward movement

ĭnīquus, -a, -um: unfavorable, unfair, unjust

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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-5/chapter-5-32