5 – The Island at the Edge of the World – Part 3

54 BCE. Julius Caesar is returning to Britain. And Cassivellaunus isn’t excited about it. However, this time Caesar is bringing over 800 ships with him. This isn’t a minor expedition, Caesar is coming in force. This is a clash of titans and we will see if the Celtic warrior culture and it’s focus on heroic combat can effectively compete with the ordered machine of war that Rome was famous for.

(History of Britain, History of England, History of Wales, Celtic History, Roman History)

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  1. Ah. I assumed I have been mispronouncing it all this time. Actually mentally mispronouncing it since I doubt I have ever actually said Vercingetorix out loud.

  2. Vercingetorix is a great name and should be insinuated into the conversation wherever possible. May I suggest the following vehicle: there’s a great statue of Vercingetorix on horseback by Bertholdi, who designed the Starue of Liberty. All four of the horse’s legs are in the air as it vaults over his fallen foe – a passionate momument to an inspiring leader!

  3. Isn’t it so weird how even if you see each side as violent, base people who live off of war, you always find yourself rooting for one side or another? When I studied Roman history, I always found myself looking forward to the day when Rome got to its largest extent. Yet, if I had been around during those times with the same beliefs I have now, I certainly would’ve denounced Rome as an evil nation of conquerors taking land and freedom from millions, destroying cultures, or else, oppressing them. Sounds like the modern view on the Spanish English and American’s attacks on the Native Americans. But here we are, excited for the slaughter of Celts and Gallics and all kinds of other peoples. Just a speculation on a little double standard there.

  4. I’m not sure Caesar was stabbed in the Senate. I thought it was in a different building, although also one in which government business was carried out. (I often get mixed up about Caesar’s death because of Shakesearian and other fictional overlays). There is a great book on Caesar’s assassination by Barry Strauss, but I’m away from home and can’t check right now.

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