The painting depicts the surrender of the Gallic chieftain after the Battle of Alesia (52 BC). The depiction of Gauls with long hair and mustaches is also called into question today. The horse is a percheron, although at this time this breed was not in Gaul. The rectangular shield also does not accord with the time when they were mostly oval. As well as this, the depiction of the soldiers in the ‘Lorica Segmentata’ armour is not accurate for the period – as standard issue Legionary uniform were the ‘Lorica Hamata’ used in the late Republican Period.
Project: 6. Under a cloak of terror: violence and armed conflict in Europe.
Chronology: I b.C.
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Painting
Source: Musée Crozatier
Owner: Porto group (Modernalia)
Identifier: Inv. 1903.59