Was Julius Caesar cruel for not letting non-combatant Gaul people get of out Alesia?
Would you consider him as a cruel man for that?
"get out of"
sorry for the involuntary mistake
- Tundra RobLv 75 months ago
That was exactly the point that Julius Caesar was trying to make, that he was cruel to his enemies. He was showing the Gauls that their only hope for survival was for their leaders to surrender and accept Roman rule. And nothing less than their complete and total surrender would be acceptable.
- abdulLv 75 months ago
Everybody was cruel back then. Civilization has come a long way since then.
- 5 months ago
Everything is fair in love & war. Caesar couldn't allow anyone through his siege from the city out of fear that those who get though could inform the reinforcements sent to help lift the seige gain the advantage. Ceaser was out numbered 2 to 1, his forces were defending a thin line, and although they had surrounded they city, they themsleves were also surrounded.
Allowing civilians through could lead to the possibility of enemy spies getting out and informing caeser enemies of his weaknesses.
Curelty and kindness have no place in war. It's either win and survive or lose and die. Show kindness and letting a civilian population through the lines could be the cause in him losing the battle. Which would result in his death and the death of all his legions. Besides, you are applying your modern idelogical morals to something in the past. You may see it as cruel, however everyone else in that time period roman or not, would not share the same view as yours.
- Pearl LLv 75 months ago
sounds like he was
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- TruthLv 75 months ago
absolutely. they asked if the children would be allowed to escape, and caesar refused. he killed the men, raped the women, and enslaved the children.