"run overland across the Gauls"
Vercingetorix Throws Down his Arms at the Feet of Julius Caesar
(1899) - painting depicting the surrender of the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix to Caesar after the Battle of Alesia - Credit: Lionel Noel Royer
The Gauls were a Celtic people who inhabited the region of Gaul (roughly corresponding to modern-day France, parts of Belgium, western Germany and northern Italy) from the Iron Age through the Roman period.
They were conquered by Julius Caesar in the Gallic Wars during the 50s BC, and were subsequently assimilated into a Gallo-Roman culture.