Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle

About the Show

From 58-50 BC Julius Caesar fought a bloody campaign to absorb the whole of Gaul - modern-day France - into the Roman Empire. De Bello Gallico's contemporary account portrayed Caesar's actions as heroic, yet over this period he killed one million people, took another million hostage and destroyed 800 cities. In light of this, Julius Caesar's Greatest Battle examines whether De Bello's account was merely a masterpiece of propaganda that disguised the grim and brutal reality of the campaign.