Sunday, July 15, 2012


Last Tues­day, we vis­it­ed Thuin, not far from Charleroi in Bel­gium. It is, at the moment, the place that is con­sid­ered the most like­ly loca­tion of the Bel­gian defeat against the legions of Julius Cae­sar. Absolute cer­tain­ty can­not be achieved, but it is not too far from the Sabis bat­tle­field and Cae­sar's descrip­tion fits the sit­u­a­tion quite well. The mat­ter is dealt with in N. Roy­mans e.a. (eds), Late Iron Age gold hoards from the Low  Coun­tries and the Cae­sar­i­an con­quest of North­ern Gaul(2012), and you can read more herehere (with map), andhere.

To be hon­est, Thuin is not worth a detour, and we only went there because we want­ed at least one photo for the Eng­lish trans­la­tion of De rand van het Rijk, the book Arjen Bosmanand I wrote about the Roman pres­ence in the Low Coun­try (sched­uled to appear in Octo­ber 2012, and prob­a­bly calledEdge of Empire).