Put That City to the Sword: Julius Caesar Slaughters Avaricum, Feat. Neil Eckart – Roman History

When was the last time you put a city to the sword? It’s not something we do much anymore today. Yet there was a day and age when it was quite normal to slaughter every last man, woman, and child in a captured city. Neil Eckart of the podcast War and Conquest returns to the show today to talk about Julius Caesar’s slaughter of the Gallic city of Avaricum.

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Time/place: Avaricum, Gaul, 52 BCE

Dead Idea: Putting Cities to the Sword

Main Sources

Caesar, J. (1982). The Conquest of Gaul. London: Penguin.

Grossman, D. (2009/1995). On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. New York: Back Bay Books.

Marlantes, K. (2011). What It Is Like to Go to War. New York: Atlantic Books Monthly.

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