original text from: http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/caesar/gall6.shtml (translation: Andrea Gaddini)
[28] Tertium est genus eorum, qui uri appellantur. Hi sunt magnitudine paulo infra elephantos, specie et colore et figura tauri. Magna vis eorum est et magna velocitas, neque homini neque ferae quam conspexerunt parcunt. Hos studiose foveis captos interficiunt. Hoc se labore durant adulescentes atque hoc genere venationis exercent, et qui plurimos ex his interfecerunt, relatis in publicum cornibus, quae sint testimonio, magnam ferunt laudem. Sed adsuescere ad homines et mansuefieri ne parvuli quidem excepti possunt. Amplitudo cornuum et figura et species multum a nostrorum boum cornibus differt. Haec studiose conquisita ab labris argento circumcludunt atque in amplissimis epulis pro poculis utuntur. [28] The third kind is that of animals named aurochs. Their size is not much lesser than those of elephants, and as to look, colour and structure they look like bulls. They have a great strenght and speed and they don't fear men or wild animals as they meet them. The Germans kill aurochs trapping them in hollows they dig for this purpose; adulescents mould themselves by this work and train to this kind of hunting, and those who succeed in catching many aurochs, showing the horns in public as a proof, receive many praises. But aurochs can't get accustomed to man or become tame, neither if catched when calves. Their horns are very different from our cattle's by width, shape and look and are carefully sought: their brinks are rimmed with silver to be used as cups in the grandest banquets.

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