Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music

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Vercingetorix
(3,730 words)

(Vercingetorix; Greek Οὐεργεντόριξ/Uoergentórix also Οὐερκιγγετόριξ/Uoerkingetórix

A. Historical dimension

V., son of the Gaul Celtillus, was a chieftain of the Arverni who, in 52 BC, succeeded in uniting the tribes of Gaul for a general revolt against the Roman occupiers, and against Caesar and the Roman army. V. initially defeated Caesar at Gergovia, the main oppidum of the Arverni (near modern Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne), and forced his retreat. Caesar's situation was exacerbated by the fact that almost all the Gaulish tribes had defe…

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Simonis, Annette, “Vercingetorix”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 7 : Figures of Antiquity and their Reception in Art, Literature and Music, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2016). Original German-language edition: Historische Gestalten der Antike: Rezeption in Literatur, Kunst und Musik. Herausgegeben von Peter von Möllendorf, Annette Simonis und Linda Simonis. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2013). Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps7_SIM_004771>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160217



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