I have recently been watching Netflix documentary on Rome and Julius Caesar and of course his most famous battle in Gaul.
My question is how big of an issue was Vercingetorix rebellion for the Romans?
Was it such that if Julius Caesar had lost the battle at Alesia, it would just have been handled with a shrug and a roman equivalent of "oh well sucks to be Caesar I guess, let Vercingetorix keep his area of Gaul... We'll deal with it when and if we feel like it, we got more important things to do right now."
Or would the loss of that area of Gaul have been seen as unacceptable to Rome and its authority and a new campaign to retake what was lost, would have been mounted as soon as possible.
Basically was the war in Gaul something that was just important to Julius Caesar and his ambitions or was it also important to Rome itself as well?