You can count the dead as you go along; and the methods There's nothing like a semi-truthful book by one of history's greatest sleaze-bags, old Julius himself. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. The Legions formed up in a rough order of battle, with each wing fighting its own battle. The next day Vercingetorix surrendered, he was chained and sent to Rome to be part of Caesars triumphant parade, where during the celebration, he was ritually strangled. The Gallic subjugation reaches its apogee in the tense, fascinating details of the mass rebellion of the Gauls under the leadership of Vercingetorix and the infamous double-ringed siege of Alesia. Everywhere they went, the Gauls shouted that they were going to Rome.
Caesar gained two weeks by telling the Helvetii that he would consider their request and present his answer on 12 April. The Gauls were defeated, possibly on the , and were forced to retreat west towards. Transalpine Gaul: The Roman Province The Romans had been present in the south of France since 121 B. This may be the eighth time I have read this book during my life it was sent to me falling apart stamped to be discarded rescued by my daughter who I no doubt talked to about it. However, Alesia had been decisive.
An entertaining chronicle of conflict and courage. Some excerpts: N I think this book is worth reading and pondering since it's written by one of the famous Roman generals and statesmen in Latin. Having taken three years of high school Latin, fifty years later, a couple of years ago, I decided to relearn my Latin and begin reading works of classical antiquity in their original languages. Fifth Century Gaul: A Crisis of Identity? This looks to be one of those books that requires me to read another book to understand more about it; in this case, a history of the Roman military. At night, a small party scaled the hill near the Temple of Carmentis.
These plans were completely unacceptable to the Romans. He seized power in his own tribe, the Arverni, and gained the support of the Senones, Parisii, Pictones, Cadurci, Turones, Aulerci, Lemovice and the tribes of the northern and north-western coasts. Lucky for me this is available from Librivox. It all sounds rather like the Rome of Caesar's own time but with a Gallic flavour. Moving on, the army reached Cenabum, which it sacked in punishment for the massacre of the Roman traders.
He would rule with an iron hand for another four years before being assassinated in the Roman Senate in 44 B. For Caesar, Alesia was an enormous personal success, both militarily and politically. Mocking: Shakespeare exchanges the rhetoric of powerful men for insults to show the demise of the Republic. First, he debunks the claims that it was a religious and cultural victory over the Huns of Central Asia. The only weak spot in Caesar's double line of siege works was a small gap in the northwest.
Still, back then, this book managed to persuade people and let the guard down. He strengthened his troops with Germanic mercenary cavalry units and headed for Gallia Narbonensis. On the third day the armies met. Whatever their true motive, the Veneti revolt began when they seized Q. Part of the reason for the savagery is logistics. When the civil war began in January 49 b. Just before Caesar had defeated Ariovistus a large contingent of Germans had been about to cross the river.
Elsewhere there was more activity. This was not true elsewhere. The Romans then went into winter quarters, with six legions quartered around Agendicum Sens to watch the Senones and two legions each quartered on the Treveri and the Lingones. There were signs that the Aedui were on the brink of breaking their alliance with Rome. The climb was precarious but the party gained the summit and completely eluded the Roman sentinels.
Subsequent events Ariovistus Stays in Gaul In the wake of victory, and to the dismay of his 'allies', Ariovistus stayed in Gaul. This unexpected move brought him into Arverni territory, where his arrival came as a nasty shock. Caesar's classic work written in the third person about his conquest of Gaul. As the entirety of army was within the walls along with the town's population, Caesar expected the siege to be brief. The legion was slaughtered by the Gaul. This would become the site of the decisive battle of the revolt.