TIL That in 52 BC Ceaser was sieging the gauls, he knew that a second army would come. But he didn't want to retreat, he decided to build a wall on both sides. When the second army came, Ceasar got attacked from both sides and Ceasar was being outnumb...
J'ai toujours pensé (merci l'éducation nationale !) que Vercingetorix était un louseur, je realise que Cesar a juste eu une chance incroyable
Historia Civilis Battles series (2015) - "A youtube creator using an minimalist infographic style details significant battles in antiquity"
A new type of videoessay for the sub, the military videoessay: Julius Caesar's Greatest Military Victory
[Force Multipliers] [Military History] Julius Caesar's Greatest Military Victory (Video; 10 minutes)
The Battle of Alesia (52 B.C.E.), incredible insight in how the mind of Caesar worked
Video: The Battle of Alesia - Julius Caesar's Greatest Military Victory
Julius Caesar's greatest military victory. It's pretty neat
Serious question: How certain are historians that this is how the Battle of Alesia played out?
This event took place over 2,000 years ago. Do original, written accounts of the battle still exist, or is this an example of modern historians telling a story that's based off of a story that's based off of another story, x 100? Can this be a 2,000-year-old game of telephone?
What if Caesar or his staff, after defeating the Gauls, fabricated the details to make Caesar look like more of a military genius than he actually was? What if the size of the Gallic forces was exaggerated, and the numbers were actually more even on both sides? What if the Gallic commanders were all incompetent, and the Romans had a surprisingly easy time defeating them?
I find history to be both fascinating and confounding. I say it's confounding because we know that due to things like the limitations of human memory, how easy it is to manipulate a witness' memory, and the witness' hidden agendas, we can't always believe a person's account of an event that took place hours ago, let alone years ago. Here, we're talking about an event that took place 2,000+ years ago, and we're to believe this is exactly how it played out?