Spotlight Lecture

Enemies of Rome – Vercingetorix – Saturday 12 February 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

One of the greatest generals of his or any era, Caesar swept through Gaul at an astonishing rate, conquering the whole of it in less than 10 years. He was able to accomplish this through sheer ruthlessness and through exploiting the divisions between the Gauls. It was only at the bitter end that Vercingetorix, King of the Arverni, was able to unite Gauls in a revolt against Rome which resulted in a serious defeat for Rome in the Battle of Gergovia. The valiant standoff against Rome ended at the Battle of Alesia, in which Vercingetorix surrendered himself in order to spare the lives of his fellow countrymen. Six years later he paraded as an enemy of Rome in Caesar’s triumph and was ritually strangled near the Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus. Despite his end, he remained a symbol of freedom, admired for his military daring and political leadership.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 12 February 2022

Start time: 09:00 a.m. GMT

End time: 10:30 a.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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