Julius Caesar led his 60,000 Roman soldiers to siege one of the capital strongholds of Gaul. Approximately 300,000 Gauls then descended on him. Whether it was destiny or military genius, Julius Caesar cemented Rome’s road to empire and lived to tell the tale in his book, “Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War.”
Riding high on successive victories, the Romans besiege the next major stronghold of the rebels in Gaul, but it is set high on a plateau with only one narrow road up it and would be a height no Roman eagle would fly above, for now.
With the tables turned, the Gallic rebellion finds itself starting out on the defensive as Julius Caesar marches straight onto the rebel stronghold.
Having just put down a revolt in Belgae (modern: Belgium), Julius Caesar was faced with no time to rest as a major rebellion brewing in the heart of Gaul threatened to undo his six years of conquest.
Conquering a land is not as simple as winning battles. Julius Caesar had to park his troops in various hostile neighborhoods and deal with repeated uprisings until the natives there could be beaten into submission and resolve to accept Roman yoke because resisting it would be too fatal.
Conquering a land is not as simple as just moving in and beating people up. Even after battles are won, the local people must accept your rule. If not, you will have to deal with uprisings like Julius Caesar did as he undertook his effort to conquer Gaul.
Fresh off the heels of a good year full of military victory, surefooted Julius Caesar leads his small Roman army up north to confront a giant war force rumored to be forming against him.
A series of power moves by the Helvetii do not pan out for them while Julius Caesar keeps his cool and subjugates them.
Caesar wins his first military conflict in Gaul in 58 B.C. and sends all the belligerents back home with minor punishments.
For his first trick as governor of Rome’s northern provinces, Julius Caesar will turn defense into offense and sow the seeds of conquest over Gaul.