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An intellectual adventure through ancient France revealing how Caesar’s conquest of Gaul changed the course of French culture, forever transforming modern Europe.
Julius Caesar's conquests in Gaul in the 50s BC were bloody, but the cultural revolution they brought in their wake forever transformed the ancient Celtic culture of that country. After Caesar, the Gauls exchanged their tribal quarrels for Roman values and acquired the paraphernalia of civilized urban life. The Romans also left behind a legacy of language, literature, law, government, religion, architecture, and industry.
Each chapter of Caesar's Footprints is dedicated to a specific journey of exploration through Roman Gaul. From the amphitheatres of Arles and Nîmes to the battlefield of Châlons (where Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun) Bijan Omanian exciting and authoritative new voice in Roman historyexplores archaeological sites, artifacts, and landscapes to reveal how the imprint of Roman culture shaped Celtic Franceand thereby helped to create modern Europe.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps xi
A Note on Terminology xiii
I Gaul Before Caesar 9
II Caesar's Command 45
III The Taming of Gaul 81
IV Tales of the Imagination 119
V When in France 145
VI High Life and City Chic 175
VII Country Life 199
VIII The Dignity of Labour 225
IX In Their Own Words 245
X Blood of the Martyrs 277
Epilogue: From an Empire to a Dream 321
Bibliographical Notes 347
Picture Credits 371