Alesia, 52 BC

The Victory of Roman Organization

Frederic Bey

The Romans had been at odds with the Gauls for a very long time indeed. Somewhere between 390 and 386 BC, a Senoni warchief called Brennus managed to capture Rome and ransom the city with his famous Vae Victis. The Urbs was then a city whose authority was only relative.
Publication date:
February 2011
Publisher :
Histoire et Collections
Language:
English
Series :
Men & Battles
Illustration :
fully illustrated throughout
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9782352501237

Dimensions : 200 X 240 cm
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£14.99
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Overview
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The Romans had been at odds with the Gauls for a very long time indeed. Somewhere between 390 and 386 BC, a Senoni warchief called Brennus managed to capture Rome and ransom the city with his famous Vae Victis.

The Urbs was then a city whose authority was only relative. Nonetheless, the sack of Latium’s capital, highlighted by Livy in his History of Rome, helped to forge a centuries old loathing between the Romans, ashamed of being forced to capitulate to Brennus, and the Gauls, insolently proud of their triumph.

The next step was part of the competition between the ‘Great Powers’ of that period. Independent Gaul was implicated in the global expansionist process of Roman might, which took place throughout the whole of the Mediterranean basin. Finally more pragmatically, Gaul merely became a political pawn in the hands of the triumvirs Pompey, Crassus and Caesar after they took over control of the Republic at the end of its decline, from the 60s BC onwards.

It was therefore as a victim of what was at stake quite outside its control that Gaul so dramatically became part of Julius Caesar’s political strategy. Alesia was the final manifestation of this deep mistrust between two peoples.

REVIEWS

This book is a good introduction to Caesar's conquests and give a good overview of events... readable without becoming too scholarly.
Wargames Soldiers and Strategy

Chronicles everything from the prelude to the siege to how the outnumbered Romans managed to prevail and the battle's aftermath. Maps, engravings, photos of the terrain and reconstructions, and wonderful coluor illustrations should make this book attractive to history buffs as well as hobbyists seeking ideas for modeling figures, building dioramas or wargaming.
Toy Soldier and Model Figure Magazine

... eye-catching, full of interesting inserted bits and illustrations of the warriors involved in what was one of the more convoluted military engagements of Caesar's campaigns to put down the Gauls - what is more, I enjoyed it!
A Wargamer's Needful Things