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Julius Caesar

Author of The Conquest of Gaul

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About the Author

Born into a noble family that had fallen from influence, Gaius Julius Caesar secured his future by allying himself early in his life with the popular general and senator, Gaius Marius. Although Caesar's refusal to divorce his wife Cordelia led him to flee Rome for a period, the political and show more military campaigns he conducted upon his return both renewed and increased his prominence. With Senators Crassus and Pompey, he formed the First Triumvirate in 60 and 59 B.C., and for the next 10 years served as governor of several Roman provinces. His decision to assume the position of Roman consul led to war, to an encounter in Egypt with Cleopatra, and ultimately to his position as dictator of Rome. His increasing popularity and power, brought about by the numerous reforms he initiated, led to his assassination by a group of conspirators who feared he would try to make himself king. Caesar left posterity his accounts of his campaigns in Gaul (modern France) and against his rival Pompey. Although the campaigns were self-serving in the extreme, they nevertheless provide an immensely valuable historical source for the last years of the Republic. His works mirror his character. He was an individual of outstanding genius and versatility: a brilliant soldier, a stylist whose lucidity reflects his clarity of vision, an inspiring leader, and a personality of hypnotically attractive charm. But the verdict of antiquity rests upon his single, altogether Roman, flaw-he could not bear to be the second man in the state. To preserve his position, he made war on his political enemies and brought down the Republic. Then, as he was incapable of restoring the republican regime, which had furnished his political contemporaries with a sense of freedom, power, and self-respect, he was stabbed to death by his own friends. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Julius Caesar

The Conquest of Gaul (0044) — Author — 4,211 copies
War Commentaries of Caesar (0050) 471 copies
De bello Gallico [in Latin] (1886) — Author — 308 copies
Civil Wars [bilingual Latin English] (1914) — Author — 251 copies
Der Gallische Krieg (1996) — Author — 65 copies
De bello Gallico [bilingual Latin German] (2010) — Author — 54 copies
Opera omnia (1993) 31 copies
The works of Julius Caesar (1957) 25 copies
Caesar's Gallic War (1903) 24 copies
The civil war book 3 (1993) 16 copies
Boy who dreams (2012) 12 copies
De Bello Gallico Book VII (1959) 8 copies
Opera omnia. Vol. 2 (2007) 5 copies
Opera Omnia vol. 1 (2007) 5 copies
César (1997) 4 copies
Sämtliche Werke. (2004) 4 copies
De bello Gallico / Der Gallische Krieg (2010) — Author — 4 copies
Commentarii 4 copies
Guerre d'Alexandrie (1954) 3 copies
The Gallic and Civil wars (2012) 3 copies
Caesar's Helvetian War (1926) 2 copies
Tout César (2020) 2 copies
Opere (1973) 2 copies
GUERRA GALICA (1994) 2 copies
Caesar (1832) 2 copies
Veldtocht in Gallië (1959) 2 copies
The Alexandrian War (2015) 2 copies
The Civil War 2 copies
Corpus Caesarianum (2003) 2 copies
A polgárháború (2003) 2 copies
Le guerre (2010) 1 copy
La catedral 1 copy
Guerre d'Espagne (1999) 1 copy
Sierra grande (2016) 1 copy
asterix 1 copy
Quae extant. 1 copy
The Spanish Wars (2016) 1 copy
The African Wars (2016) 1 copy
Moji ratovi (2013) 1 copy
Julius Caesar Çizgi (2010) 1 copy
Civil War: 50-48 BC (1994) 1 copy
Le Guerre 1 copy
Caesar: Der Gallische Krieg (1992) — Author — 1 copy
Der gallische Krieg. (1996) — Author — 1 copy
Caesar 1 copy

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of War (1999) — Contributor — 442 copies
Men at War: The Best War Stories of All Time (1942) — Contributor — 283 copies
The Mammoth Book of True War Stories (1992) — Contributor — 87 copies
Roman Readings (1958) 67 copies
Springs of Roman Wisdom (1975) — Contributor — 28 copies
Caesar’s Gallic War (1904) — some editions — 11 copies
Latijns leesboek [I. Hoofdwerk] (1920) — Contributor — 2 copies


Common Knowledge

Legal name
Iulius Caesar, Caius
Other names
Julius Caesar, Gaius
0100-07-13 BCE
0654-07-13 AUC
Date of death
0044-03-15 BCE
0709-03-15 AUC
Roman Republic
Country (for map)
Subura, Rome
Place of death
Curia of Pompey, Rome
Cause of death
Places of residence
Rome, Italy



Julius Caesar in Ancient History (February 2013)


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 unique view of the different battles as well as the practical (and psychological) mechanisms of ancient warfare. Except for the occasional depreciating remark about Gauls in general, I was little bothered about the purported propaganda aspect of this work, also because it clearly shows what a formidable foe the combined forces of the Gallic tribes actually were. At the outset, I didn't expect to like it as much as I actually did, but I come out of this with a newfound respect for both the military commander and the author, as well as the man, Gaius Julius Caesar.
I read the excellent translation by S. A. Handford, revised and with a new introduction by J. F. Gardner; much of the introduction is however rather jumbled and stands in stark contrast to Caesar’s own clear and well-organized account. The maps are good and invaluable for being able to follow the troop movements throughout Gaul.

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saltr | 45 other reviews | Feb 15, 2023 |
This is the first book I've read by Cesar and I have to say it was a good read. The concept is interesting and well researched, the characters believable and consistent, and the writing is of a good standard (with one or two points which are made below). All in all I thought it a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys reads to think about and take your time over. It's long (perhaps a little too long?) but it is filled with interesting moments and character interactions which keep you engaged e.g. Jordan's relationship with Louise, the bullying by Clemo, the dreams he has and what they mean, how he deals with tragedy etc, etc
I felt the book could benefit from an edit. The reason for this is the use of Irish vernacular in the narrative e.g. words such as 'seen' are used instead of 'saw' and 'done' instead of 'did'. I think when read by a wider audience this may be an issue. However, as stated, an enjoyable read which you should try for yourselves. Cesar has definite qualities which will appeal to readers.
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MJWebb | 1 other review | Sep 22, 2022 |
Here we have One of the better known pieces of military history ever penned, and a common model of Latin composition. Like a good deal of military writing, the aims of the author, and his wish to maintain, if not establish his military reputation is clearly carried out. It reads, at least in this translation, easily. The mapping, as usual is not particularly good.
DinadansFriend | 45 other reviews | Jun 3, 2022 |



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