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Celtic chivalry

Plutarch describes the dramatic gesture with which Vercingetorix ends the rebellion in Gaul in 52 BC, delivering himself into Caesar's hands and certain death:

'Vercingetorix, the supreme leader in the whole war, put on his most beautiful armour, had his horse carefully groomed, and rode out through the gates. Caesar was sitting down and Vercingetorix, after riding round him in a circle, leaped down from his horse, stripped off his armour, and sat at Caesar's feet silent and motionless until he was taken away under arrest, a prisoner reserved for triumph.'

Plutarch Fall of the Roman Republic, translated Rex Warner, Penguin 1958, 1972, page 271

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