two causal clauses "because" "in as much as" , explaining the previous cum clause
summus, -a, -um
auctoritas, -tatis (f)
adverb, "from ancient times"
(prep + abl loosely location), in the possesion of, in the hands of
magnus, -a, -um
is, ea, id
demonstrative pronoun, he she it
clienta, ae (f pl)
(groups of) dependents (and thus political supporters.) In the opening paragraph of his commentaries, Caesar explained that the prestige of a Gallic chieftain -- or of a whole tribe rested on the number of those who depended on him or it.
Germani, -orum (mpl)
the Germani, a Germanic tribe living across the Rhine river from the Aedui
and (as well)
Ariovistus, -i (m)
Ariovistusm, a chieftain of the Suebi, a Germanic tribe that had earlier crossed the Rhine and settled in Gaul.
sui, sibi, se se
(3rd person reflexive pronoun), here=Sequanis
adiungo, -ere, -iunxi, iunctus, -a, -um
join to, ally
accusative direct object of perduxerant
(prep + acc), to; ad se= "to their side" as mercenary allies in the conflict with the Aedui