Was Julius Caesar cruel for not letting non-combatant Gaul people get of out Alesia?

Update:

Would you consider him as a cruel man for that?

Update 2:

"get out of"

sorry for the involuntary mistake

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  • 5 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.

  • abdul
    Lv 7
    5 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.

    • EmothicVonHellsing
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      Then you use force to put that rebellion down. The battle of alessia was a war of rebellion.

  • 5 months ago

    sounds like he was

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  • Truth
    Lv 7
    5 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.

    • EmothicVonHellsing
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      Actually no. He refused to let them through the Roman siege and force them to go back to the city. when the City defenders refused to let them back in the civilians were stuck inside a "no mans land" area where majority would die from starvation and dehydration.

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