"The fort at Alesia" Alise-Sainte-Reine Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

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  The stakes inlaid to repel attackers
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  • The stakes inlaid to repel attackers - Alise-Sainte-Reine
      The stakes inlaid to repel attackers
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  • The walls and lookout towers - Alise-Sainte-Reine
      The walls and lookout towers
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  • View from the museum at Alesia - Alise-Sainte-Reine
      View from the museum at Alesia
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After you've finished the museum you'll no doubt want to wander out to the fort made in the Roman style.
It was a series of these forts that Caesar built that surrounded the Gauls; reports vary between 80,000 to hundreds of thousands that were surrounded. Through the necessity of having to space them out the Gauls actually managed to send for help but, ultimately, despite being attacked from both sides, the Romans prevailed and the first seriously major battle in France was won.
The fort shows how much engineering and thought went into these wooden structures. They must have spent a considerable time felling trees to make all the barriers that they put around the Gauls on the Oppidum. The line of forts went for 14-16 kilometres; there is a little uncertainty there, but they consisted of two or three trenches, a glacis equipped with a trap and a rampart.
This battle was after encounters in Gourges and Gergovia where eventually Caesar pressed his advantage utlilizing superior military hardware and discipline.

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  • Updated May 27, 2012
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