Flaccus orders the attack on the Alanician battle line. lovingly known as the 'messenger' to his men, because of his tearing around on horseback in mud stained clothes; Flaccus rides to the right of his battle line. He hopes his presence there will steady the wayward war bands of Marcomanni. He leaves the left to the Panonnian hero, Stuba Bowmonica and his heavy Sarmation horse. The cornucens of Flaccus blast the signal to advance.