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Gall and Gaul: French Ancestor Worship and other Madness

Why are the French so strange? They still haven’t recovered from the defeat of valiant Vercingetorix, the warrior, by Julius Caesar… granted, that was recent (52 BC). Now they have a new theme park in Burgundy at the site of the surrender… Here’s the beginning of my amusing (I hope) post on AOL’s…

Water squirts from seven sacred springs. Towering trees sway. The placid view from leafy Bibracte takes in forests, pastures, lakes, stone-built villages and distant cloud-snagging mountaintops. Somnolence seems guaranteed. But wait: the sweeping prospects pulse with 2,000+ years of bloody history, mystery and bizarre, only-in-France nationalistic lore.

Bibracte? You won’t find it on a map, not a current map anyhow. Bibracte is the most celebrated “lost city” of the Celts, the pre-Roman inhabitants of Gaul. Here, somewhere beneath the contorted beech trees, Julius Caesar dictated the perennial bestseller The Conquest of Gaul, etched into tablets in the year 52 B.C.


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