THE ANCIENTS COLLECTION
ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF ANCIENT ROME
The Roman Army of The Late Republic,
Turf and Timber Roman Fort, Straight Wall Section. (19pcs) US$138
The Turf and Timber Roman fort can also be used for the Battle of Alesia displays.
The Battle of Alesia took place in September,
52 BC around the Gallic oppidum of Alesia,
a major town centre and hill fort of the Mandubii tribe.
It was fought by an army of the Roman Republic commanded by Julius Caesar
against Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix of the Arverni.
It was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans
and the end of organized resistance to the Roman Empire,
marking the turning point of the Gallic Wars in favour of Rome To guarantee a perfect blockade,
Caesar ordered the construction of an encircling set of fortifications,
called a circumvallation, around Alesia.
The details are known from Caesar's Commentaries.
About 18 kilometres of 4 metre high fortifications were constructed in about three weeks .
This line was followed inwards by two four-and-a-half metre wide ditches,
also four-and-a-half metres deep.
The farthest from the fortification was filled with water from the surrounding rivers.
These fortifications were supplemented with mantraps and deep holes in front of the ditches,
and regularly spaced watch towers equipped with Roman artillery.
Vercingetorix's cavalry often raided the construction works attempting
to prevent full enclosure.
Caesar ordered the construction of a second line of fortifications,
the contravallation, facing outward and encircling his army
between it and the first set of walls.
The second line was identical to the first in design and extended for 21 kilometres.
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