The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on the Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius

The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on the Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius

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By (author) Julius Caesar, Translated by Carolyn Hammond

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 191mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199540268
  • ISBN 13: 9780199540266
  • Illustrations note: line figure, maps
  • Sales rank: 48,377

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The Gallic War, published on the eve of the civil war which led to the end of the Roman Republic, is an autobiographical account written by one of the most famous figures of European history. On one level a straightforward narrative of the campaigns Caesar fought against the Gauls, Germans and Britons, it also serves a deeper political purpose, revealing him as a commander of breathtaking flair, courage and persistence - a man of the people, a man without rival. This new translation reflects the purity of Caesar's Latin while preserving the pace and flow of his momentous narrative of the conquest of Gaul and the first Roman invasions of Britain and Germany. The introduction includes a survey of Caesar's role and reputation in later thought, while detailed notes, maps, a table of dates, and glossary make this the most useful edition available. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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By JDP 09 Feb 2011 5

I confess. I was amazed, how a book written over 2.000 years ago could be written in such a clear and compelling manner.

But, why be amazed? was not this text written by Caesar primarily as a propaganda tool?!!, (or so they say). Let me tell you that he did a great job on that.

I will not comment on the brutality and cruelty of the war and the actions taken by all sides involved, there are things that never change, but this is definitely a narrative that deserves to be in one's library.

The quality of the accompanying notes and commentaries from Carolyn Hammond do not compromise this edition by Oxford World's Classics, by the contrary, they provide for the additional understanding and background needed to fully appreciate Caesar text.

Who nows when I will give a try to "The Civil War"

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I read Caesar with rather more reverence and respect than one feels in reading human works...the only thing to be said against him is that he speaks too sparingly of himself. Montaigne