Vercingetorix, (died 46 bce), chieftain of the Gallic tribe of the Arverni whose formidable rebellion against Roman rule was crushed by Julius Caesar.
Revered in France as its first national hero, Vercingetorix managed to unite several sovereign Celtic tribes to do battle against the aggressive Romans. Vercingetorix was an Arverni, one of the many Celtic tribes who ruled over what is France today, northern Germany, the Benelux countries, and the British Isles.
Celebrating France’s First Resistance Fighter He may have lost a battle, but Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix won something greater: status a French national hero.
When Caesar had completed the last details of his conquest of Gaul, Vercingetorix was dragged from his prison to appear in Caesar’s triumphal parade through the Roman streets; then he was executed. Although defeated, Vercingetorix’s fame grew, and he became a popular cult figure and legend shortly after his death.
In general, the Celts were known to wear coloured trousers and cloaks. The men often had half-long hair (limewashed and combed backwards) and drooping moustaches. In addition to this hairstyle, a marble statue shows the very characteristic torc (neck ring) that was common among the Celts.
Vercingetorix was forced to surrender and presented himself to Caesar. Confined and transported to Rome, he languished in the Tullianum for five years before being killed as part of his victor’s triumph in 46 BC.
The surrender of Vercingetorix following the Siege of Alesia When Caesar had completed the last details of his conquest of Gaul, Vercingetorix was dragged from his prison to appear in Caesar’s triumphal parade through the Roman streets; then he was executed.
Alesia, ancient town situated on Mont Auxois, above the present-day village of Alise-Sainte-Reine in the département of Côte d’Or, France.
The ancient Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix (c. 82 BC–46 BC) has appeared many times in works of popular culture. Vercingetorix appears in the Asterix series of comics, notably in Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Chieftain’s Shield and Asterix and the Chieftain’s Daughter.
Vercingetorix (Latin: [u̯ɛrkɪŋˈɡɛtɔriːks]; c. 82 – 46 BC) was a king and chieftain of the Arverni tribe who united the Gauls in a failed revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. Despite having willingly surrendered to Caesar, he was executed in Rome.
Roman forces under the command of Julius Caesar besieged Alesia, within which sheltered the Gallic general Vercingetorix and his massive host. Caesar directed his troops to erect a series of extensive fortifications, including two walls encircling the city, to keep the defenders in and potential reinforcements out.
Break ‘Vercingetorix’ down into sounds: [VUR] + [SIN] + [JET] + [UH] + [RIKS] – say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them.