A politician, war leader and chieftain of the Arverni, at the battle of Gergovia Vercingetorix led a decisive win against the much feared ranks of the Roman Legions, forcing Caesar to withdraw from the field. Astute and cunning, he formed alliances with several Gallic tribes. But as with all many great endeavours, pettiness and envy opened gaps in the Gallic confederacy - gaps Caesar was well equipped to exploit. The turning point at Alesia was a master class in Roman military tactics and engineering. It was written even Vercingetorix’s defeat was as magnificent as his few victories, mounted upon his war horse and divesting himself of his panoply before his conqueror. He died of strangulation in Rome’s notorious subterranean prison!