The Gallic Wars were fought in the first century BCE between the Roman forces of Julius Caesar and the Gauls. When Caesar’s forces gained the upper hand they committed a slaughter so bloody and widespread that historian Mary Beard considers it by today’s standards a war crime. What then prompted two Frenchmen in the 1960s to revisit and revise this massacre creating a tale of a tiny village that allowed its inhabitants to ‘biff’’ the Romans all over Europe? A performance lecture addressing how being historically hoodwinked as children has made us a passive audience to the lies our leaders tell us.
The hosts of FBi's Backchat Radio, Osman Faruqi and Ariel Bogle, will chat politics with festival artists.