By Peter Inker
In fifty two B.C. at Alesia in what's now Burgundy in France Julius Caesar pulled off one of many nice feats of Roman fingers. His seriously outnumbered military completely defeated the mixed forces of the Gallic tribes led through Vercingetorix and accomplished the Roman conquest of Gaul. The Alesia crusade, and the epic siege during which it culminated, used to be one in every of Caesar 's best army achievements, and it has involved historians ever considering that.
In this, the 1st full-length examine to be released lately, Peter Inker reconstructs the conflict in photograph aspect, combining historical and sleek assets and facts derived from archaeological study. He questions universal assumptions concerning the crusade, reassesses Caesar's personal account of occasions, and appears back at features of the conflict which were debated or misunderstood. His gripping account provides new perception into Caesar the commander and into the Roman military he commanded.
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Peter A. Inker 2007 Gallic spearheads from Alesia (scale 1:4). © Peter A. Inker 2007 Gallic spearheads from Alesia (scale 1:3). © Peter A. Inker 2007 Gallic infantryman. © Peter A. Inker 2007 Roman cavalryman. © Peter A. Inker 2007 The Oze valley looking west to Mont Réa and showing the location of Camp D. The Plain of Grésigny is in the foreground. Vercassivellaunus’ forces came over the ridge on the right of the picture. The lines of the circumvallation are marked in white. © Peter A. Inker 2007 Close-up of the reconstructed wall at Bibracte showing the murus gallicus building technique.
He pointed out that the three distinct peoples within Gaul had their own languages, customs and laws – what today we might call separate ‘ethnic identities’. Within these ethnic identities, separate groups were identified by tribal appellations and these are the tribal names that are passed down to us in Caesar’s Gallic War. Whilst Caesar comments that the Gauls call themselves Celts in their own language, the modern term Celtic is now fraught with a complexity of ethnic meaning developed over the intervening two millennia.
Motivation to create such an engineering feat was an important factor in Caesar’s army. Infantry training tended to focus on physical ability, including running, jumping, marching and building – clearly necessary for the construction work. Increasingly, espirt de corps was also encouraged. The legions began to be individualized by number and by name. Added to this, individual legions were picked out by nicknames, often recognizing their exploits, and by use of awards and honours on their banners and standards.
Caesar's Gallic Triumph: Alesia 52BC by Peter Inker