#2 Caesar in the Rhineland – Cologne’s history begins with the Roman general

#2 Caesar in the Rhineland – Cologne's history begins with the Roman general The History of Cologne

Roman general and later dictator Gaius Julius Caesar is the first human ever to write about the Cologne Lowland. When Caesar attacks and conquers Gaul in 59 BCE, he also fights Germanic tribes on the Rhine. There, he encounters a Germanic tribe, the Ubii. The Ubii will be very important for Cologne‘s history. More Info and Links to this podcast: linktr.ee/thofCGN

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Gaul during Caesars campaign in the 50s BCE

Tribes that are mentioned in this episode are highlighted in red. The rhine river, the border being the Rhine river between Gaul and Germania is highlighted in blue. The Suevi are not on this map and far more into the east of the Rhine. The color changes were made by me for better visualisation
Source and original file: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts#/media/File:Map_Gallia_Tribes_Towns.png CC BY-SA 3.0
Gaius Julius Caesar, bust in the Vatican Museum
Map of Gaul in the first century BCE. Cologne, even though not being founded yet, is already on the map. As you can see, it is in the border region of the gallic-germanic world on the Rhine. Public Domain. Source

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