17 The Defeat of the Minyae (primer)
Erginus, rex Minyarum, vehementer iratus ob haec
Erginus, king of the Minyae, violently angry on account of these things
statim cum omnibus copiis contendit in fines Thebanorum.
immediately with all his forces marched into the territory of the Thebans .
Creon cognovit adventum eius per exploratores;
Creon got to know the arriving of him through scouts.
tamen ipse noluit pugnare , nam erat ad-fectus magno timore.
However, himself he was unwilling to fight, for he was affected with great fear.
Thebani igitur creaverunt Herculem imperatorem.
The Thebans therefore appointed Hercules commander.
ille misit nuntios in omnes partes , et co-egit copias ;
He sent messengers into all parts, and collected together troops;
tum proximo die profectus est cum magno exercitu .
then on the next day he set out with a great army .
delegit idoneum locum et instruxit aciem
He chose a suitable place and drew up his battle-line.
Tum Thebani e superiore loco fecerunt impetum in hostes
Then the Thebans from a higher position made an attack upon the enemies .
autem illi non potuerunt sustinere impetum;
And they were not able to withstand the attack;
itaque acies hostium pulsa est atque conversa in fugam.
and so the battle-line of the enemies was driven back and turned into flight.