The Conquest of Gaul

The Conquest of Gaul The earliest eye witness account of Britain and its inhabitants appears in these famous memoirs Betweeen and BC Julius Caesar not only conquered almost the whole of modern France Belgium and Sw

The earliest eye witness account of Britain and its inhabitants appears in these famous memoirs.Betweeen 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar not only conquered almost the whole of modern France, Belgium and Switzerland, with parts of Holland and Germany, but also invaded Britain twice It was partly as a piece of personal propaganda that he recorded his campaigns against the variouThe earliest eye witness account of Britain and its inhabitants appears in these famous memoirs.Betweeen 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar not only conquered almost the whole of modern France, Belgium and Switzerland, with parts of Holland and Germany, but also invaded Britain twice It was partly as a piece of personal propaganda that he recorded his campaigns against the various Gallic tribes in Latin nevertheless these simple, direct and lucid texts are a unique direct source on Gaul in that period and also the only narrative actually written by a great general of antiquity about his own campaigns.

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  1. Gaius Julius Caesar S.A. Handford Jane F. Gardner Aulus Hirtius

    Gaius Julius Caesar Classical Latin a.i s ju s kae r 13 July 100 BC 15 March 44 BC , known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, general, and notable author of Latin prose He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey formed a political alliance that dominated Roman politics for several years Their attempts to amass power as Populares were opposed by the Optimates within the Roman Senate, among them Cato the Younger with the frequent support of Cicero Caesar s victories in the Gallic Wars, completed by 51 BC, extended Rome s territory to the English Channel and the Rhine Caesar became the first Roman general to cross both the Channel and the Rhine, when he built a bridge across the Rhine and crossed the Channel to invade Britain.These achievements granted him unmatched military power and threatened to eclipse the standing of Pompey, who had realigned himself with the Senate after the death of Crassus in 53 BC With the Gallic Wars concluded, the Senate ordered Caesar to step down from his military command and return to Rome Caesar refused the order, and instead marked his defiance in 49 BC by crossing the Rubicon with the 13th Legion, leaving his province and illegally entering Roman Italy under arms 3 Civil war resulted, and Caesar s victory in the war put him in an unrivalled position of power and influence.After assuming control of government, Caesar began a programme of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian calendar He centralised the bureaucracy of the Republic and was eventually proclaimed dictator in perpetuity , giving him additional authority But the underlying political conflicts had not been resolved, and on the Ides of March 15 March 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by a group of rebellious senators led by Marcus Junius Brutus A new series of civil wars broke out, and the constitutional government of the Republic was never fully restored Caesar s adopted heir Octavian, later known as Augustus, rose to sole power after defeating his opponents in the civil war Octavian set about solidifying his power, and the era of the Roman Empire began.Much of Caesar s life is known from his own accounts of his military campaigns, and from other contemporary sources, mainly the letters and speeches of Cicero and the historical writings of Sallust The later biographies of Caesar by Suetonius and Plutarch are also major sources Caesar is considered by many historians to be one of the greatest military commanders in history.During his lifetime, Caesar was regarded as one of the best orators and prose authors in Latin even Cicero spoke highly of Caesar s rhetoric and style Only Caesar s war commentaries have survived A few sentences from other works are quoted by other authors Among his lost works are his funeral oration for his paternal aunt Julia and his Anticato, a document written to defame Cato in response to Cicero s published praise Poems by Julius Caesar are also mentioned in ancient sources.


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  1. This is what I was brought to by a childhood of reading Asterix.Unlike Asterix the injuries aren t restricted to black eyes and broken bones, nor is there a big feast at the end The warfare is savage, and at the end Caesar tumbles into The Civil War that ends the Roman republic.The fighting is savage on both sides One of the Gaulish leaders, Vercingetorix, has the ears cut off or an eye gouged out of his own soldiers even for a minor fault p157 , Roman civilians are massacred on occasion while C [...]

  2. In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are Julius CaesarI kept jumping back and forth between my Loeb Classics version of The Gallic War and my Penguin Classics version of The Conquest of Gaul Reading Caesar makes me want to go back and learn Latin the Loeb Classics keep seductively singing to me of the benefits of a Latin education Anyway, I only meant to start the The Conquest of Gaul today, but the compelling narrative of Caesar s Gallic War the record of his battl [...]

  3. Addition The library just purchased the newly published Landmark edition, so I requested it to verify that it is as outstanding as the other volumes in the Landmark series Definitely yes In short, do not accept any substitutes This volume includes Caesar s Gallic War and Civil War, as well as all or parts of three relevant works by unknown authors the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War Also an excellent and substantial introduction that provides a solid biography, the historic [...]

  4. Nothing better represents Caesar s understanding of how to play upon the hopes and joys of man than the fact that he was able to turn a few hundred pages of troop movements into a thoughtful, engrossing narrative We read not only Caesar s thoughts and intentions in the work, but also gain an invaluable view of Roman politics In his own words, Caesar sets the scene for the events which soon overtook the empire and captured the imagination of western literature for thousands of years to come.If th [...]

  5. In his excellent intro to his translation of this text, Handford gives the reader a good glimpse of just how exceptional a person Julius Caesar was Incomparable field general, adept politician, accomplished statesman, a very real care for the advancement of Roman civilization improvements for its citizens AND the dude can write No other great general of antiquity has left us his own accounts of his campaigns, Handford writes, and it is doubtful if any other great general, of any age or country, [...]

  6. C sar es obligado en contra de su forma de ser a llevarlo al suplicio ante la enorme afluencia de soldados, quienes le echaban en cara todos los peligros y p rdidas sufridas por la guerra , de manera que su cuerpo azotado hasta la muerte fue decapitado por el hacha Me encant haber podido leer esta obra que tambi n no s cu ntas veces lo he dicho conoc por Rojo y Negro Julio C sar, el romano m s famoso de la historia, cuenta en un estilo directo, conciso y extraordinario la campa a contra la Galia [...]

  7. Roma Tarihini bizzat Roma dan renmek i in okunabilecek kitaplardan birisi bununla birlikte, Avrupa n n ge mi te nas l bir g r n me sahip oldu unu da bu kitap sayesinde g rebilirsiniz Bug n n ya ayan her k lt rel ve sosyal yap s nda bir ekilde Roma izi vard r Roma s z bir Avrupa tarihi d n lemez.

  8. Not only was Caesar a master self promoter and consummate politician, but he could wield the pen with a stylistic flourish The Gallic Wars hums along in double time, marching the reader through the entire lengthy invasion and pacification campaign of non Narbonensis Gaul Really, Caesar offers it all a foretaste of the Caesarian Cycle in the story of the migratory horde of the Helvetii and their fiercely contested clash with the Roman will, resulting in a thorough Julian chastisement then a perfe [...]

  9. I think this book is worth reading and pondering since it s written by one of the famous Roman generals and statesmen in Latin Long time ago I first read his decisive quote, I came, I saw, I conquered Veni, vidi, vici somewhere with awe and wondered who said this and why We can still read about him in innumerable biographies nowadays even though he lived 2,000 years ago From this book, I think Julius Caesar was a leader of genius due to his wit, character and leadership Some excerpts Nevertheles [...]

  10. Julius Caesar, the Roman geezer, lays omnis Gallia waste with his customary clemency, celerity, and efficiency The Gallic War is a startling read, no less for its cracking pace and clear style, than for its shameless brutality and its unblushing depiction of greed and violence on an international scale entire governments executed, civilian populations enslaved en masse, mass mutilations You get the feeling sometimes that that you re reading the diaries Hitler would have written, if he had won th [...]

  11. How I feel after finishing this I R SMRT.I was surprised how readable this was, but the difference between Caesar s style and Hirtius who completed the narrative of the final rebellion was obvious I positively zinged through the last chapter whereas the part written by Caesar required concentration You zoned out for a split second and you missed crucial information That man was really stingy with his words every single one counted.Caesar s obvious political tightrope walking was apparent in the [...]

  12. The Conquest of Gaul is Julius Caesar s firsthand account of the Gallic Wars, fought between 58 and 50 b.c Part history and part political propaganda, the book follows Caesar and his legions as they fight their merry way through Belgium, France, Switzerland, and even England Incidentally, this book used to be much famous back in the day when everybody had to learn Latin apparently, Caesar s no nonsense writing is ideal for learning the language It is less well known now, and frankly that s OK T [...]

  13. Having taken three years of high school Latin, fifty years later, a couple of years ago, I decided to relearn my Latin and begin reading works of classical antiquity in their original languages I ve not yet made it to learning Greek, but the Latin is progressing Most students of Latin will recall having read Caesar s The Gallic War as their first literary work I found that what I read then was both abbreviated and heavily edited Now I ve read the work in its entirety, and it has been great fun C [...]

  14. There s nothing like a semi truthful book by one of history s greatest sleaze bags, old Julius himself No doubt he dictated this to his secretary Strabo while on campaign, the style of war that amassed 340,000 dead Germans in one afternoon Not bad going If he had a week at his leisure, he could have wiped out the entire race Then where would we be No schnaaps No English language quiz which is important This is a fun read You can count the dead as you go along and the methods are entertaining be [...]

  15. Cesare, fonte di salvezza al liceo perch scrive chiaro, non come Cicerone che gioca con la sintassi come se fosse il lego Cesare, che tutti ricordiamo pi di Ottaviano universalmente riconosciuto come il politico pi geniale della storia del mondo Cesare, che perdere con onore contro di lui vuol dire che potevi prendere a calci in culo la maggior parte della gente Cesare, che sotto sotto Asterix ci sta sulle palle perch lo ridicolizza ma quando studiamo tifiamo per Vercingetorige.Non si pu recensi [...]

  16. This is a complete Latin edition of Commentarii de Bello Gallico, with no English translation It contains all seven books, and the eighth book written by Aulus Hirtius, possibly to link the narrative to the De Bello Civilis.Much has been written on why Caesar composed this work The word commentarius gives a reason, as it indicates a type of writing which is between raw data, such as reports, notes or letters and a artistic type of composition, such as a history In some of the secondary analyses [...]

  17. In this captivating and eloquent masterpiece, Julius Caeser gives a year by year account of his seven years in Gaul, keeping the Celts in line, advancing unsuccessfully across the English channel and the Rhine, and putting down a major rebellion organized by the Arverni king Vercingetorix One can see why Roman letters set the high standard of eloquence that European scholars would look to for over a thousand years The clarity and precision of Caeser s writing are extremely admirable, and have be [...]

  18. Regarding my earlier notes I don t think I read this book I think my husband read this book I think the notes are his That s the only thing that makes any sense.This was a great little book Caesar isn t one to get wordy He just tells you what happened and why He refrains from too much cataloging of arms and armament unlike Churchill, omg His observations about the Gauls and the Germans are interesting and devoid of the annoying veil of political correctness He isn t obscenely bombastic but he is [...]

  19. Gi mi piaceva quando mi toccava tradurlo al liceo, il buon Caio Giulio Oggi che non ho pi obblighi scolastici me lo sono potuto godere ben benino, tutti e sette i libri, ognuno per ogni anno di campagne militari Pi quello che resta dell ottavo libro di Irzio, che cerca di imitarne volutamente lo stile, ma per sua stessa ammissione, con risultati inferiori per concisione e precisione.Da Cesare c ancora tanto da imparare In primo luogo a scrivere Poi a come ci si organizza per fare qualsiasi cosa. [...]

  20. CAESARTHE GALLIC WARWITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION BYH.J EDWARDS, C.B.This may be the eighth time I have read this book during my life it was sent to me falling apart stamped to be discarded rescued by my daughter who I no doubt talked to about it More or less translated from the campaign journals of C JULIUS CEASAR 58 through 51 B.C it covers nine years of bloody Roman conquest in the land of ancient Gaul modern day France , Germany and Britain For Caesar the only path to power lay through the con [...]

  21. A very rich text There are some aspects that caught my eyes but I feel that I m incapable of elaborating on any of them, so I ll just pose a few question marks in my review.1 The control of passion.I kept hearing Carl von Clausewitz s voiceover throughout the book Gentlemen, feels are important There are many battles in the book justifying this teaching There was one time when the Gallic people, under attack and basically overwhelmed by Roman army, tried to perform a tactical retreat But they or [...]

  22. Since we no longer are required to take Latin in school, Caesar doesn t get read like he used to If you take a course in the Ancient World or The Classical World or, even specifically, Roman History, you are much likely to be assigned Suetonius or Tacitus, even Robert Graves, than Caesar It s a shame because Juilius could write quite nicely What s he had a soldier s respect for his opponents, be they Gauls, Britains, or Germans all of whom fight stubbornly to resist the charms of Roman civili [...]

  23. There s much to value in Julius Caesar s Commentaries on the Gallic War it is lucidly and elegantly written, and Caesar s august style makes it a rare reading experience Being at least in part intended as source material for others, the narrative is straightforward and transparent, and there s not a word too many This is easily the best account of a military campaign I have ever read The detailed descriptions of battle tactics, siegeworks, troop movements on both sides , logistics, etc, gives an [...]

  24. The first time that I tried reading this it was painful to get through I tend to have better luck listening to a lot of the classic works with very antiquated writing styles than I do reading them Lucky for me this is available from Librivox where I listened to it for free.Caesar s classic work written in the third person about his conquest of Gaul It s hard to say that he doesn t take advantage of the opportunity opportunist that he was and talk himself up I can t blame him because not only was [...]

  25. A bit of history, propaganda, shameless self promotion So what else is new when it comes to politicians, especially ones with military support Julius Caesar was well versed in the effective use of force, of the diplomatic threat of force, the usefulness of hostages, terrain, the economical use of resources in battle For instance, defeating an opponent from a distance with slings is far economical than getting up close rocks are virtually free for the picking and every soldier was well skilled w [...]

  26. Julio C sar narra los 8 a os de campa as militares para la conquista de las Galias, describe las circunstancias pol ticas y culturales de los pueblos galos, sus costumbres en la guerra y sus relaciones entre ellos Es una muestra de la sagaz mente estrat gica de C sar para derrotar naciones enteras que le superaban en hombres y conoc an mejor el terreno.De lectura f cil por una gran traducci n al espa ol y por lo buen escritor que era C sar Los primeros 7 libros desde el inicio de la campa a hast [...]

  27. Roma ordusu, Galya daki en b y k orman olan Arduenna n n i inden ge ip, d man koval yor Ve bu kovalamaca sanki 2000 y l s r yor, zira 1945 senesinde Ardennes lerin i indeki Avrupal askerler, at maya devam ediyorSizi bilmem ama, biny llar nce yaz lm bir eyi okumak bana heyecan veriyor Hele de b yle g n n artlar na k tutan tarihi a dan s per de erli bir eyse Hele de direkt olarak birinci a zdan, Gaius Julius Caesar taraf ndan yaz lan bir eyseAyr ca belirtmeden ge emeyece im, tarihi dizilerin h Rom [...]

  28. I was surprised at how engaging this actually is This tells the story of Caesar s wars in Gaul, which led up to his attempt at assuming absolute power over the Roman Empire It tells how the war began, and provides many details concerning Roman warfare, the legions, and even provides interesting perspectives on the peoples Caesar fought against.While there is much useful historical information, keep in mind it s written by a politician who had his own interests in mind I recommend it for anybody [...]

  29. Caesar demonstrates the literary and military skill that were part of the package that lead to him taking over Roman Republic and forging the Roman Empire A fascinating work of military history, travel writing, ethnography and propaganda This book was presented in the tradition of military commentarii, log books that would be used as the basis of a proper history later, but it was so well written that Cicero said there was nothing left for an historian to do and to write on the subject would lea [...]

  30. Time travelling with Julius His account on the Gallian Wars read like they were recorded with a dictaphone on horseback or in his tent Very precise and absolutely free of humour which makes it almost funny The most enjoyable bits are The beginning, when the Helvetians all of them leave their country and only scorched earth behind, wanting to move to the Dordogne in Southwestern France Julius would not let them And the part when he tries to invade England for the first time, because he has time t [...]

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