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3 The Romans began conquering Europe. The Celtic Gaules burned Rome to ashes in 386 B.C. and received 1000 pounds of gold. The Romans rebuilt their city and exterminated the Senones tribe. By 279 B.C. the Temple at Delphi was destroyed by the Galatians and in 113 B.C. the Cimbris invaded Italy and destroyed four Roman armies.
The decisive victory was in 46 B.C. in Alesia, Gaule (modern France) by Julius Caesar. Caesar conquered Gaule for its wealth so he could compete for emperor against rich Roman Marcus Lucinius Crassus and Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus. With the wealth of Gaule he bribed the entire Roman electorate, sponsored gladitorial games, devalued silver and took his place in history. He enslaved the Aduatuci of Gaule, made their religion illegal, and then proceeded to invade Britain for its wealth of tin and pearls (1, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17).