ancient country W Europe comprising the region now occupied by France & Belgium & at one time also the Po valley in N Italy — see cisalpine gaul, transalpine gaul
Variants of GAUL
Gaul or Latin Gal·lia\ˈga-lē-ə\
Ancient country, Europe, located generally south and west of the Rhine, west of the Alps, and north of the Pyrenees. The Gauls north of the Po River harried Rome from c. 400 BCE; by 181 BCE Rome had subjugated and colonized that area of northern Italy they called Cisalpine Gaul. Rome conquered the region known as Transalpine Gaul over the next century. It included most of modern France and Belgium and parts of Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands. Julius Caesar completed the conquest of Gaul (seeGallic Wars) in 58–50 BCE; Lugdunum (Lyon) became the capital. The entire area was reorganized in the 1st century CE into several provinces, including Narbonensis, Aquitania, Lugdunensis, and Belgica. By 260 CE it had become a centre of unrest; by the 6th century Rome had given up all its Gallic territories.