Caesar's Civil War

Caesar's Civil War

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Caesar's Civil War is an unfinished masterpiece. It was abandoned by an author who found himself living in a different world than that which saw its commencement. A snapshot of the late republic, it offers a vivid and detailed account of the troubled Roman empire near the turn to the common era. In it, Caesar recounts his break with the Senate and general Pompey and narrates the events of the nineteen months of civil war that followed. It ends after general Pompey's death, amidst the lead up to the Alexandrian war that initiated the next phase of the fight for Rome. The work shows the brilliance for which Caesar's oratory, like his generalship, was known. The primary topics covered in this introduction to Caesar's gripping history are the generic background of Caesar's commentarii or "Notebooks," his criteria for selection of material, the contemporary context of the civil war, the literary techniques employed, and the work's characterization and structure. General aids to the reader include maps to accompany the particular events discussed, a timeline of the civil war and of Caesar's life, explanation of technical terms, and a glossary.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 142.2 x 210.8 x 20.3mm | 362.88g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 4 line illus
  • 0195165101
  • 9780195165104
  • 2,020,299

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William W. Batstone and Cynthia Damon have put Caesar's writings back on the map with Caesar's Civil War, showing how odd it is that Caesar's writing are consigned to Beginner's Latin when he is on everyone's short list of three smartest Romans. * Denis Feeney, Times Literary Supplement (Books of the Year) *show more

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