The Civil War: Together with the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War

The Civil War: Together with the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War

Paperback Penguin Classics Language: English / Latin

By (author) Julius Caesar, Edited by Jane Gardner, Translated by Jane Gardner

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Language: English / Latin
  • Dimensions: 109mm x 178mm x 23mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 18 November 1976
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140441875
  • ISBN 13: 9780140441871
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: maps, plans, index, bibliography, glossary
  • Sales rank: 134,561

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A military leader of legendary genius, Caesar was also a great writer, recording the events of his life with incomparable immediacy and power. "The Civil War" is a tense and gripping depiction of his struggle with Pompey over the leadership of Republican Rome - a conflict that spanned the entire Roman world, from Gaul and Spain to Asia and Africa. Where Caesar's own account leaves off in 48 BC, his lieutenants take up the history, describing the vital battles of Munda, Spain and Thapsus, and the installation of Cleopatra, later Caesar's mistress, as Queen of Egypt. Together these narratives paint a full picture of the events that brought Caesar supreme power - and paved the way for his assassination only months later.

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Gaius Julius Caesar was born in 100BC into an ancient patrician family. He was imprisoned for a time with his familly, for protesting against the then leadership of Sulla, but advanced slowly through the sixties rising to the rank of praetor and forming the 'first triumvirate' with Pompey and Crassus. Elected consul in 59BC, he then became Governor for Transalpine Gaul. After the death of Crassus and the defeat of Pompey in 45BC, Caesar returned to Rome as dictator. He was assassinated in March 44BC. Jane Gardner received degrees in Classics from Glasgow and Oxford Universities and was Senior Lecturer in Classics at Reading University. She is the author of, among others, Women in Roman Law and Society and The Roman Household: A Sourcebook.

Table of contents

The Civil WarIntroduction Historical background Caesar - the man and his aims The Civil War and the continuations Bibliographical Note Translator's Note Caesar: The Civil War Part I: The Struggle Begins 1. Intransigence at Rome 2. Caesar reacts 3. The Seige of Corfinium 4. Pompey leaves Italy 5. Caesar's Senate 6. Resistance at Massilia 7. The First Spanish campaign - Ilerda 8. A naval fight at Massilia 9. Spain - a war of attrition 10. The Pompeians capitulate Part II: Securing the West 1. The Seige of Massilia 2. Spain - the surrender of Varro 3. Massilia capitulates 4. Africa - Curio's campaign 5. Curio's last stand Part III: The Great Confrontation 1. Caesar in Italy - Pompey's preparations 2. Negotiations in Epirus 3. Trouble in Italy 4. Antony runs the gauntlet 5. The Lieutenants in Macedon 6. Stalemate at Dyrrachium 7. Setbacks for Caesar 8. Caesar moves to Thessaly 9. Pompey follows 10. The battle of Pharsalus 11. The death of Peompey 12. Caesar at Alexandria The Alexandrian War I. Events in Egypt 1. Miltary preparations 2. The water supply poisoned 3. Naval engagements 4. The last stages II. Events in Asia III. Events in Illyricum IV. Events in Spain V. Caesar Chastens Pharnaces: Zela The African War 1. Initail landings in Africa 2. Waiting at Ruspina 3. Consolidation 4. Caesar takes the offense 5. The Pompeians lose the initiative 6. Thapsus 7. The settlement of Africa The Spanish War 1. Caesar pursues the Pompeians 2. The victory of Munda 3. 'Mopping-up' Notes The Civil War The Alexandrain The African War The Spanish War Appendixes I. The Text II. The Ultimate Decree III. Pharsalus IV. Chronological Outline of the Careers of Pompey and Caesar Glossary or Persons and Places Index of Maps Maps and Sketch-Plans