Wargames To Go 9 - Alesia
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I've been wanting to (force myself to) explore a topic other than WW2 and here it is. Julius Caesar's famous Battle of Alesia. I don't know too much about Roman history, and even less about ancients warfare. That means this is a very exciting topic for me to dive into. I picked it because it's a location I can also visit while living here in France, something I hope to do in the month of November.
While there may not be many (any?) movies about this battle, there are definitely a lot of books. The most famous book is the one written by the man himself, Julius Caesar. It's one of those classics that's in the public domain, easily for anyone to find at their local library, online, or just buy a copy. I understand it's still required reading when learning Latin. The book itself has some important history as a piece of world literature.
I've also got an Osprey book at the specific battle, and a historical novel (I think) about the famous 10th Legion.
Actually, now that I start doing some Google searching, I guess there may be a few films out there to track down. (In addition to various military history docs and specials I might find on the Battle of Alesia on YouTube.)
I wonder if I should start with one that variously titled Druids, The Gaul, or Vercingétorix. It's only from 2001, and culminates in the battle. I read it's a French-Canadian/Belgian production...and one of the worst French language films ever made. It's got a 2.6 rating on IMDB! Might be available on streaming, though, and I could always jump ahead to the Alesia part.
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