(b. 1819, Paris, d. 1891, Paris)

Statue of Vercingetorix

Beaten copper over an iron frame
Alise-Sainte-Reine, Côte-d'Or, Bourgogne

Alesia was the capital of the Mandubii, one of the Gallic tribes. It is now thought to have been located on Mont-Auxois, near Alise-Sainte-Reine in Burgundy. Alesia was the site of the decisive Battle of Alesia in 52 BC that marked the defeat of the Gauls under Vercingetorix by the Romans under Julius Caesar. Vercingetorix (82-46 BC) was a king and chieftain of the Arverni tribe; he united the Gauls in a revolt against Roman forces during the last phase of Julius Caesar's Gallic Wars.

The monumental statue of Vercingetorix was ordered by Napoleon III, built on site in Alesia.

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