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Easy conquest of Rome by Gauls

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Brennus loot, painting by Paul Jamin
Brennus loot, painting by Paul Jamin

Conquest of Rome by the Gauls in 390 BCE in Roman historiography, it appeared as one of the most tragic events in the history of Rome. The city was to be conquered by the tribe of Gauls, who were most likely looking for new lands, or simply a group of Gallic mercenaries looking for new prey.

Interestingly, after the Roman army was defeated on the Alia River, the Gauls did not move on to Rome right away, as they were surprised by their easy victory. The Romans, who did not expect a siege, ignored the information from a plebeian with the surname Caedicius (the nickname meant “the seer of misfortune”) who warned of the march of the Gauls, led by Brennus, into the city. As it turned out, ignoring the warnings meant the city was captured by the Gauls.

Finally, only the holy hill of Rome – the Capitoline Hill – was saved from the Gauls, and the Gauls were defeated and driven out by the victorious Roman commander and hero Camillus.

  • Beard Mary, SPQR. Historia starożytnego Rzymu, Poznań 2016

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