Skip to comments.Roman military camp dating back to the conquest of Gaul throws light on a part of world history
Posted on 09/15/2012 7:36:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
In the vicinity of Hermeskeil, a small town some 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region in the German federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, archaeologists from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) have confirmed the location of the oldest Roman military fortification known in Germany to date. These findings shed new light on the Roman conquest of Gaul. The camp was presumably built during Julius Caesarsâ Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. Nearby lies a late Celtic settlement with monumental fortifications known as the "Hunnenring" or "Circle of the Huns," which functioned as one of the major centers of the local Celtic tribe called Treveri. Their territory is situated in the mountainous regions between the Rhine and Maas rivers...
The special historical significance of the Hermeskeil military camp lies in its relationship to the neighboring Treveran settlement "Hunnenring". Based on the findings of their recent excavations, Hornung and her team were able to confirm that this settlement was abandoned by its inhabitants around the middle of the 1st century B.C. Before the identification of the camp near Hermeskeil, however, it was only possible to speculate that this abandonment had had something to do with the Gallic War. In his "De Bello Gallico," Julius Caesar reported that the tribe of the Treveri was split into anti-Roman and pro-Roman factions. The anti-Roman faction, led by the aristocrat Indutiomarus and his relatives, fomented unrest that resulted in Roman reprisals in 54/53 B.C. and 51 B.C., over the course of which the Treveran resistance to the invaders was broken. The discoveries near Hermeskeil have potentially provided the first direct archaeological evidence for this dramatic episode in world history.
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I saw a History channel show about the conquest of Gaul, the Romans would be seen as evil today.
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Heh... the Gauls would also be seen as evil... and the Etruscans... and the Carthaginians... and the Greeks... and the Persians...
Gallia Est Omnis Divisa in Partes Tres
(about the only thing I remember from my Latin classes)
Heh... that’s in reference to post-Roman Gaul, upon the death of Charlemagne.
theres also the ever popular “sum, es, est, sumus, estis, sunt”..
Bring it, Chianti drinkers.
Reminds me of the “Asterix and Obelix” comic books... those were fun.
Paving stones are important to the curb appeal of a home. The shoe nail needs to go.......sand would work better. I’m going to go out on a limb here, sunkenciv, but I estimate that a young barbarian couple would be willing to pay........20 cows for this charming rancher that really shows pride of ownership!
Great PX they got there at that Roman military camp.....
“Whaddya got to drink?”
“Better’n rocks, I guess. Gimme a six-pack of shoe nails.”
I guess it was standard military practice to slaughter entire cities, not just the Romans.
I think the Romans usually tried to avoid that kind of waste. Julius Caesar sold thousands of Gauls into slavery after the battle of Alesia and became extremely wealthy because of it.
Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres
Semper Ubi Sub Ubi.
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