tanta subito malacia ac tranquillitas exstitit, ut se loco movere non possent –> so great a calm and lull suddenly arose, that they could not move out of their place | when suddenly a calm so complete and absolute came on that they could not stir from the spot

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tanta subito malacia ac tranquillitas exstitit, ut se loco movere non possent –> so great a calm and lull suddenly arose, that they could not move out of their place | when suddenly a calm so complete and absolute came on that they could not stir from the spot

Caesar, Gallic War, Book III, 15, 3.


Ac iam conversis in eam partem navibus, quo ventus ferebat, tanta subito malacia ac tranquillitas exstitit, ut se ex loco commovere non possent. Quae quidem res ad negotium conficiendum maxime fuit opportuna: nam singulas nostri consectati expugnaverunt, ut perpaucae ex omni numero noctis interventu ad terram pervenerint, cum ab hora fere quarta usque ad solis occasum pugnaretur.


And, having now turned their vessels to that quarter in which the wind blew, so great a calm and lull suddenly arose, that they could not move out of their place, which circumstance, truly, was exceedingly opportune for finishing the business; for our men gave chase and took them one by one, so that very few out of all the number, [and those] by the intervention of night, arrived at the land, after the battle had lasted almost from the fourth hour till sun-set.


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