Battle of Gergovia — 52 BC
The Battle of Gergovia was part of the
Reconstruction and animation of the
Battle of Gergovia presented by the French.
Go here for the entire and
utterly awesome presentation. (Speak French, it will help. If you
don't, it's still fantastic.)
Who Fought the Battle
Caesar and the Romans
and various tribes
Who Won the Battle of
Gergovia? Who Lost?
The Romans lost the battle due to
Caesar's strategic withdrawal. Almost 700 Roman soldiers and 46
Roman centurions were killed.
But Vercingetorix and his team didn't
have long to celebrate. Alesia was just around the corner.
In More Detail
The Battle of Gergovia is also called
the Siege of Gergovia.
And rightly so, because Vercingetorix
and his men were defending the fortified city of Gergovia that was
located on a flat hill top. (See graphic at the top of this page.)
Here is Gergovia on a map:
Gergovia, Gaul - Map Location
Click map to enlarge
Julius Caesar eventually abandoned the siege. It was his first
outright defeat in the Gallic Wars.
What went wrong?
In his own account of this battle Caesar blamed it on his soldiers,
for which, by the way, they received a good scolding.
Caesar's account of this battle.
Scroll down to chapter 52 for the official rebuke.
52 BC Siege of Gergovia - Part One
52 BC Siege of Gergovia - Part Two
52 BC Siege of Gergovia - Part Three
52 BC Siege of Gergovia - Part Four