13 Dec 2018

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Here, in the year 387 bc on the 18th of July, a day the Romans would long consider
unlucky, the full army of the Roman Republic, of between six and a half and nine thousand men, drew up to fight. Before them advanced an army of Gauls.

The last sentence is a bit confusing: Before them advanced an army of Gauls.
Does this mean an army of Gauls arrived in front of the Roman army, or they came before the Roman army did?
I mean I'm confused whether the word 'before' means time or place?

Any comments would be appreciated.
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