Caesar's Gallic Wars: 58-45 BC

Caesar's Gallic Wars: 58-45 BC

Paperback Essential Histories (Osprey Publishing)

By (author) Kate Gilliver

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 166mm x 244mm x 10mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841763055
  • ISBN 13: 9781841763057
  • Illustrations note: 1 colour illustration, chronology
  • Sales rank: 316,794

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Caesar was one of the most ambitious and successful politicians of the late Roman Republic and his short but bloody conquest of the Celtic tribes led to the establishment of the Roman province of Gaul (modern France). Caesar's commentaries on his Gallic Wars provide us with the most detailed surviving eye-witness account of a campaign from antiquity. Gillver makes use of this account and other surviving evidence to consider the importance of the Gallic Wars in the context of the collapse of the Roman Republic and its slide toward civil war.

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Author information

CM. Gilliver studied Classics and Classical Archaeology at King's College London and took her PhD in Roman Military Theory at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She is lecturer in Ancient History at Cardiff University and is the author of The Roman Art of War (1999). She is currently preparing a book on Roman siege warfare.

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"I am most favorably impressed by the Essential Histories series on the American Civil War. Written by four of the best historians of the military course of the war, these volumes provide a lucid and concise narrative of the campaigns in both the Eastern and Western theaters as well as penetrating analyses of strategies and leadership. Ideal for classroom use or fireside reading."

Table of contents

Introduction and Chronology; Background to War; Warring Sides; Outbreak; The Fighting; Portrait of a soldier; The Wider Context; Portait of a cvivilian; How the war ended; Conclusion and consequences