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u/elos_ · 9 pointsr/AskHistorians

I have to ask...if you know nothing about these peoples or the history of the period why are you insistent on making a historically accurate game based on this period? Just on a personal note I think you should try to either focus on something you know about or make a real concerted effort to know about these things before you make this kind of choice. I know that's precisely what this post is trying to achieve but, y'know?

I suggest you look at our extensive book list in this area and see what interests you. If you're especially keen on the Gallic Wars you may as well read the work from the man himself, a personal commentary on the matter by Julius Caesar.

u/RealThibaultSerlet · 2 pointsr/ancientrome
u/caferrell · 1 pointr/EndlessWar

Whats the point of being the world's hegemon if you have to grovel before pissant monarchs whose only quality is that they sit on a sea of oil?

These creeps that run DC should read "The Gallic War" by Gaius Julius Caesar and see how the business of empire is supposed to be handled. It is pathetic to be a military empire that is pushed around by two-bit backwaters like Saudi Arabia and Israel.

If Julius Caesar were running things in DC, the sea of oil that the parasitic monarchs of the Mideast are sitting on would be financing Washington's legions.

All joking aside, what the f**k is the use of having uncontested military superiority if you must apologize to petty satraps when you offend their delicate sensibilities by pointing out how they stab you in the back?

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/pics

We're talking about a long period of history with the Roman Empire. Once a territory was conquered, roads were vital for speed of movement and communications. My original point was that the Romans had better speed even through rough terrain.

Caesar was the first Roman to build a bridge over the Rhine(see 25), cross it, then campagin in Germany. He certainly didn't use roads there - or in Gaul or Britain, because they hadn't been built.

> When the Romans began their conquest of Celtic Britain in 43AD, they found a haphazard collection of roads and paths, most connecting local fields and hamlets

As you can see from the article, the Romans invaded and then built the roads - as soon as they could. But the initial campaign would have involved fast marching through rough terrain (see E12):

> after a forced march of twelve miles, probably along the British trackway afterwards called Watling Street

And this was quite normal.

> A Roman Army on the march travelled about 20 km per day... although.. difficult terrain could slow substantially the rate of march.

Caesar's Gallic War, to answer your question, was completed in under 10 years: 58-51 BC. And involved lots of marching around and building camps :) The book he wrote on the subject is a very, very good read and I highly recommend it if you get the chance