Definitions for vercingetorixˌvɜr sɪnˈdʒɛt ə rɪks, -ˈgɛt-
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Ver•cin•get•o•rixˌvɜr sɪnˈdʒɛt ə rɪks, -ˈgɛt-(n.)
died 45? b .c ., Gaulish chieftain conquered by Caesar.
Category: Ancient History, Biography
(72BC - 46BC), The chieftain of the Arverni, leader of the great Gallic revolt against the Romans in 53-52 BC.
Vercingetorix was the chieftain of the Arverni tribe, who united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars. Vercingetorix came to power in 52 BC, when he raised an army and was proclaimed King at Gergovia. He soon established an alliance with other tribes and took control of their combined armies, leading them in Gaul's most significant revolt against Roman power. He won the Battle of Gergovia where 46 centurions and 700 legionaries died, and more than 6,000 were injured, resulting in the withdrawal of the Roman legions of Caesar. Eventually, Vercingetorix surrendered to the Romans after being besieged and defeated at the Battle of Alesia in 52 BC, after which he was imprisoned for five years. In 46 he was paraded through Rome as part of Caesar's triumph before being executed. Vercingetorix is primarily known through Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War.
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