Studies of ancient warfare normally focus on the socio-political consequences of war, the moral character of commanders or the tactics employed in a single (usually dramatic) battle. Factors such as logistics, supply, strategy and scale are largely ignored. This paper will discuss a sorely underappreciated topic: the supply line of Caesar’s army during the Gallic War. It will investigate how the line was organised, when it was employed, and why the Romans ultimately abandoned it in favour of having supplies requisitioned from allies and conquered Gallic tribes. Caesar’s writing will be analysed in conjunction with archaeological evidence to explain how important this complex and underappreciated system of supply was, and how it successfully supported the Roman war-machine.

About Classics and Ancient History Seminars

Event details

  • The seminars take place at 4pm, in the Michie Building (09), Room 536
  • Seminars are also on Zoom. Send an email to Duncan Keenan-Jones ( for the link.
  • Upcoming seminars can be found here.
  • Please be aware that we are still operating under Covid-19 regulations during public events. Masks are no longer required at UQ locations - however, UQ strongly encourages mask wearing when physical distancing is not possible. UQ strongly encourages all campus attendees to be up to date with vaccinations. And finally, those who are feeling unwell, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the previous 7 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 7 days, are asked not to attend this seminar.
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