Dirk Puehl‘s Today’s Memory
Battle of Vercellae
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#onthisday in 101 BCE, the twenty years of the Germanic Cimbri’s meandering through Europe ended with a crushing defeat and obliteration of the tribe at the hands of Gaius Marius and his reformed army in Northern Italy at the Battle of Vercellae.
Three Germanic and Celtic tribes on the march, searching for a new place to settle down, had wandered through Europe from Denmark towards Bavaria, Slovenia and Serbia and then to the west again and inflicted two crushing defeats on the Romans. But a supposed reform of the Roman Army that finally led to the downfall of the Republic proved to be their end as well, first at Aquae Sextiae, Aix-en-Provence, in October 102 BCE and then on the Raudine Plain in Northern Italy. But read more on:
Depicted below is Francesco Saverio Altamura’s (1822 – 1897) Romantic imagination of “Marius triumphing over the Cimbri” (1859)
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