May 08, 2003

The First Warblogger

For those who have not been following C. Julius Caesar's Warblog, it is reaching one of its climaxes: Caesar and his army are closing in on the forces of the Arverni chieftain Vercingetorix, and the fate of Roman control of Gaul hangs in the balance:

...We've arrived at Alesia. It looks to be impenetrable - upon a hill, between rivers...

Just imagine a France--sorry, a Gaul--where they spoke Gaelic instead of Romance...

Posted by DeLong at May 8, 2003 07:43 PM | TrackBack

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Roman Emperor to Frenchman: "What language do you speak?"
"French."
"You're welcome."

Hmm, needs work.

Posted by: Matt Weiner on May 9, 2003 07:23 AM

Hmmm...doesn't discuss his, umm, close relationship with Nicomedes of Bithynia.

Posted by: Tom on May 9, 2003 09:35 AM

That's because Caesar's boyfriends must be above suspicion, Tom.

Posted by: rea on May 9, 2003 09:44 AM

Strictly speaking they wouldn't be speaking Gaelic, but rather Gaulish--Gaelic (Irish and Scottish) is in a different subfamily of the Celtic languages from extinct Gaulish, which may or may not constitute a distinct sub-family from the Brythonic languages (Breton, Welsh, Cornish).

Posted by: Randy McDonald on May 11, 2003 12:36 PM

Various sources indicate (not prove) that the Gaels came across Biscay from Gascony or Northern Spain to Southern Ireland, spreading north from there. That's oral tradition and its patterns analysed by area and time, place names, archaeology, blood types, and a few other things I don't recollect just now.

Posted by: P.M.Lawrence on May 11, 2003 11:53 PM
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