thumb|200px|Vercingetorix Memorial in Alesia Alesia
was the capital of the Mandubii
, one of the Gaulish
tribes allied with the mighty Aedui
, and after Julius Caesar
's conquest a Roman town (oppidum
) in Gaul
. There have been archeological excavations since the time of Napoléon III
in Côte d'Or
, which have claimed that the historical Alesia is located there. New discoveries are constantly being made about this Gallo-Roman
settlement on the plateau of Mont-Auxois. As a result of the latest excavation, a find was presented to the museum there with the inscription: IN ALISIIA
, which finally dispelled the doubts of some archeologists on the town's identity.
Earlier there were other, less academically valid theories about Alesia's location that claimed it was in Franche-Comté or around Salins-les-Bains
. The uncertainty surrounding Alesia's location is humorously parodied in the Asterix
volume Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield
, in which, in this case because of Gaulish pride, characters repeatedly deny that they know its location ("I don't know where Alesia is! '
No one knows where Alesia is!").
Around 52 BC
, Alesia was the site of the decisive battle
between the Romans
under Julius Caesar
and the Gauls
. The battle's outcome determined the fate of all of Gaul: in winning the battle, the Romans won both the Gallic War
and dominion over Gaul. The fight is described in detail... Read More