François Gilbert is an associate researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), studying Roman militaria, and was a member of the Scientific Council of the Alesia Mission, which built the museum on the ancient site of Caesar's battle and studies the proconsul's army during the Gallic Wars. He was a founder-member of one of the first French re-enactment groups (Pax Augusta), studying, reconstructing and experimenting with equipment and fighting techniques. He is also the author of numerous books and articles on the Roman army and on gladiators.

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