Vercingetorix was a chieftain of the Arverni tribe who united the Celtic Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars.
He came to power in 52 BC, raised an army and was proclaimed king at Gergovia. He immediately established an alliance with other Gallic tribes, took command and combined all forces then 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. The shocked Roman legions withdrew having been inflicted with one of the few defeats Caesar and his forces ever endured.
However, a few months later, in the Battle of Alesia, the Romans besieged the Gauls. They defeated Vercingetorix’s warriors 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 to great fanfare and then executed.
The images shown here depict the outcome at Alesia and are from the HBO television production “Rome” (season 1/episode 1) titled “The Stolen Eagle”…