Erasmus, Adagia 1.1.17:
“Now my forces are driven to a narrow pass.”
Terence, in his Self-Punisher, signifies the same thing with a separate allegory when he writes, ‘my forces are now wholly driven into a narrow strait.’ The metaphor is taken from the army, which struggles when enclosed in an unfavorable position and surrounded by enemies in such a way that it is difficult to escape.”
Nunc meae in artum coguntur copiae. xvii
Rem eandem diversa significat allegoria Terentius in Heautontimorumeno, cum ait : In angustum oppido nunc meae coguntur copiae. Metaphora sumpta ab exercitu, qui laborat iniquo conclusus loco et undique obsidetur ab hostibus, ut difficile sit effugere.