The Gallic revolt spreads and reaches its greatest dimension under the leadership of vercingetorix, an Arvernian warrior of great power whose father had been chieftain of Gaul. Having provided every thing for the expedition, they appoint a day, on which they should all meet on the bank of the Rhone.
On the Birds Islands, Xenophon said, people lived on oats and eggs. This the Helvetii were crossing by rafts and boats joined together. Today the term hostage has a different connotation than it did for the Ancient Romans, which is shown in the examples above.
While Caesar certainly respects the warring instincts of the Germans,  he wants his readers to see that their cultures are simply too barbaric, especially when contrasted with the high-class Gallic Druids described at the beginning of chapter six. The books were an instrument to influence public opinion at home.
The Helvetii, confused by his sudden arrival, when they found that he had effected in one day, what they, themselves had with the utmost difficulty accomplished in twenty namely, the crossing of the river, send embassadors to him; at the head of which embassy was Divico, who had been commander of the Helvetii, in the war against Cassius.
That as to their so insolently boasting of their victory, and as to their being astonished that they had so long committed their outrages with impunity, [both these things] tended to the same point; for the immortal gods are wont to allow those persons whom they wish to punish for their guilt sometimes a greater prosperity and longer impunity, in order that they may suffer the more severely from a reverse of circumstances.
However, as seen by Caesar, sometimes it was only a one-way exchange, with Caesar taking hostages but not giving any.
He first comments on the role of sacrificial practices in their daily lives in chapter He [Liscus] speaks more unreservedly and boldly.
Chapter 8 Meanwhile, with the legion which he had with him and the soldiers which had assembled from the Province, he carries along for nineteen [Roman, not quite eighteen English] miles a wall, to the height of sixteen feet, and a trench, from the Lake of Geneva, which flows into the river Rhone, to Mount Jura, which separates the territories of the Sequani from those of the Helvetii.
Only fifty years before, in BC, Italy had been invaded from the north and saved only after several bloody and costly battles by Gaius Marius. Such of them as wished to be considered less alarmed, said that they did not dread the enemy, but feared the narrowness of the roads and the vastness of the forests which lay between them and Ariovistus, or else that the supplies could not be brought up readily enough.
On that account he had fled from his state and had gone to the senate at Rome to beseech aid, as he alone was bound neither by oath nor hostages.
Chapter 17 and 18 focuses on the divinities the Gauls believed in and Dis, the god which they claim they were descended from. Although these things are so, yet, if hostages were to be given him by them in order that he may be assured these will do what they promise, and provided they will give satisfaction to the Aedui for the outrages which they had committed against them and their allies, and likewise to the Allobroges, he [Caesar] will make peace with them.
In an account of an expedition against the Eburoneswho lived in the east of modern Belgium, he mentions that some people "fled to the islands that are cut off from the mainland by the high tide".
Word was brought back, that it was easy. De Bello Gallico, I, 2 They planned to travel across Gaul to the west coast, a route that would have taken them through lands of the Aedui, a Roman ally, and the Roman province of Transalpine Gaul.
If we are to believe him, the outcome of the war depended on one single siege. But much like Rhine episode, the British campaign was probably more of a calculated move by Caesar to bolster his publicity.
By the end of the campaign, the non-client Suebi under the leadership of the belligerent Ariovistusstood triumphant over both the Aedui and their co-conspirators. The ancients believed that if you left the Mediterranean and moved inland, you would reach increasingly barbarous people, until, when you reached the Ocean at the edge of the world, where ebb and flood occur, the land was inhabited by absolute savages.
It is more likely that he was planning a campaign against the Kingdom of Dacia  in the Balkans. Cover-up Caesar's books were intended as an aid for future historians - that's why they are officially called Commentaries, and not History of the Gallic War - but the author often leaves out information that historians would have found interesting.
Several attempts were quickly beaten off. But the Germans, according to their custom, rapidly forming. Chapter 20 Divitiacus, embracing Caesar, begins to implore him, with many tears, that "he would not pass any very severe sentence upon his brother; saying, that he knows that those charges are true, and that nobody suffered more pain on that account than he himself did; for when he himself could effect a very great deal by his influence at home and in the rest of Gaul, and he [Dumnorix] very little on account of his youth, the latter had become powerful through his means, which power and strength he used not only to the lessening of his [Divitiacus] popularity, but almost to his ruin; that he, however, was influenced both by fraternal affection and by public opinion.
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