battle of alesia

I dream’t that I was Caesar, victorious after the Battle of Alesia. I stand tall as I survey the battlefield, triumphant at the sight of many thousands of slaughtered barbarian enemies.  Except instead of Gauls, the battlefield is littered with the corpses of Minions.

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This museum quality heavy resin cast carved human skull is to honor Verconetorix and his warriors spirit.

Vercingetorix was a chieftain of the Arverni tribe; he united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesars’s Gallic Wars.Vercingetorix came to power in 52 BC: he raised an army and was proclaimed king at Gergovia. He immediately established an alliance with other Gaulish tribes, took control of their combined armies, and led them in Gaul’s most significant revolt against Roman power. He won the Battle of Gergovia, in which 46 centurions and 700 legionaries died and more than 6,000 people were injured, whereupon Caesar’s Roman legions withdrew.  However, a few months later, in the Battle of Alesia, the Romans besieged and defeated his forces and captured him. He was held prisoner for five years. In 46 BC, as part of Caesar’s triumph, Vercingetorix was paraded through the streets of Rome and then executed. Vercingetorix is primarily known through Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War.

Denarius, issued by Lucius Hostilius Saserna c. 48 BC:

Obverse: Noble Gaul with fibula (pin or brooch) and paludamentum (cloak). 

Reverse: naked charioteer driving a biga; on the biga, a warrior with helm and shield; above L. Hostilius, below Saserna

This coin is frequently cited as a portrait of the great Gallic leader Vercingetorix, the chieftain of the Averni who fought against Julius Caesar at the Battle of Alesia, and was captured and taken to Rome. At the time that this coin was struck, Vercingetorix was likely alive, but imprisoned in Rome’s jail, the Tullianum (also called the Mamertine prison), awaiting his display in Caesar’s triumph of 46 BC and eventual execution by strangulation.

While this identification is possible, we stand on firmer ground to call this “a Gaul” rather than Vercingetorix, in line with the growing popularity of depictions of Gauls in Roman art at this time.

We might compare this face with the Ludovisi Gaul, currently in the Museo Nationale, or to the Dying Gaul, currently in the Capitoline Museum, which are both Roman period (the Ludovisi Gaul is 2nd cent. AD) copies of Hellenistic Greek originals. 

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Vercingetorix throws down his arms at the feet of Julius Caesar

The painting depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (Which took place on this day, October 3rd, in 52 BC). Note that one of the warriors (bottom left) has a torque around his neck. In fact, the torque was reserved only for gods and important members of a royal family. The depiction of Gauls with long hair and mustaches is also called into question today. The horse is a Percheron, although at this time this breed was not in Gaul. In addition, the Gauls rode bareback, but here the horse is saddled and harnessed. The rectangular shield also does not accord with the time when they were mostly oval. Finally, there is an anachronistic representation of a castle on fire.

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Celtic Coin Depicting A Centauress

This extremely rare hexadrachm was struck in the 2nd century BC by the Boii tribe in ancient Slovakia. It shows a winged female centaur on its reverse with a  Latin inscription of what is presumed to be the Boii king’s name  ‘BVSV’ (Busu) below. The obverse is a diademed male bust with a palm branch. 

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That sexy barbarian on the horse is the infamous Vercingetorix, a chieftan of the Arverni tribe who in 52 BC united Gaul (ancient France) against the invading Julius Caesar. In addition to having some of the best facial hair in history, he was a damn good general and almost defeated his Roman nemesis until he made a fatal mistake at the Battle of Alesia. There he surrendered, was taken prisoner, and in 46 BC was paraded through the streets of Rome and executed. Although he was defeated, the ancient French hero embodies the spirit of liberation so often stirred in his homeland, and remains a celebrated figure. Plus, look at that beautiful mane of Gallic hair….so much damn.

anonymous asked:

What do you Know about the Battle of Alesia 52 b.C.?

Julius Caesar with a giant siege engineer’s hat and two scoops of audacity in his breakfast. It’s a wonderful, phenomenal battle showcasing cleverness and the engineering prowess of the Roman legions. Definitely recommended for its ability to turn a near-disaster into the complete victory over the Gauls.

Thanks for the question, Anon.

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kyliafanfiction  asked:

Pop Quiz: Who (what people and what leader) did Julius Caesar beat at the Battle of Alesia, and what is one particularly noteworthy thing about Caesar's tactics in the battle?

This was also very cool to read about.  The battle was against the Gauls and their leader was Vercingetorix.

I’m not sure if you were looking for a specific thing or just something I found noteworthy.  I was pretty impressed by the circumvallation that Caesar set up around the city.  Not only was it 11 miles long, but multiple layers of trenches, walls, traps, spikes, etc.  Intense.  AND THEN, he built the same thing but facing out, so as to repel the relief army.  That is dedication right there. 

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Julius Caesar’s Greatest Military Victory 

The Battle of Alesia in 52 B.C.E., which was the culmination of Julius Caesar’s conquest of Gaul.

can we just stop for a minute and appreciate HOW FUCKING BOSS JULIUS CAESAR WAS

like when the gauls fled to their tiny little town of Alesia this BAMF was like NOPE MOTHERFUCKER I’M GON STARVE YOUR PASTY GALLIC ASSES OUT

and when SIXTY THOUSAND gallic reinforcement came by to rescue their homies in alesia caesar attacked them with SIX THOUSAND TROOPS

AND FUCKING WON