Saturday 14 July 2012
Why did he do it?
When the revolt began six legions were camped on the River Seine south of Paris. Another two were further south in the Loire Valley and two were in Belgium. But Caesar was in modern Piacenza hedging his bets there would be a civil war in Rome that year rather than trouble in the Celtic states. And he wasn't the only one. The Celtic Gauls thought Rome would consume itself that year. The Senate House had just been burnt down by a mob and the senate elections had been postponed. Those like Vercingetorix knew this was the only chance they would get to rid themselves of Rome. Against any other Roman General at the time, they would have been right. There was only one commander who would have braved the Alps in the middle of winter to get back to his legions - the trouble for the Celtic Gauls, it was Caesar...
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