The Battle of Cannae for it was one of the most significant military defeats in military history or , perhaps , the Battle of Alesia where Caesar had besieged (circumvallation) Vercengetorix and while he maintained the siege he , Caesar , was in turn besieged (contravallation) by a relief force led by the cousin of Vercengetorix whose name was Vercassivellaunos . The latter battle was chronicled in Julius Caesar’s book entitled ‘Commentaries on the Gallic War’ .

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