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The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar

The Conquest of Gaul

by Julius Caesar

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Absolutely fascinating. It is a momentous achievement that we have an "almost" first-hand account of the conquest of Gaul by Caesar.

Definitely not my last read of these types of memoirs.

Recommended for everyone. ( )
  DanielSTJ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Important historically as a work of propaganda or in examining historical perceptions of the "meaning" of military science. ( )
  alexanme | Dec 9, 2018 |
Un libro escrito hace 2000 años por un militar? (bueno, seguramente dictado y editador por sus secretarios) No parece que vaya a ser una maravilla.
Pero Julio Cesar mantiene moviendose en el libro como si fuera un campo de batalla. Variando entre el comentario politico, el movimiento de tropas, el desarrollo de batallas particulares y detalles culturales.

Por supuesto Cesar seguramente miente en todos los detalles, parece que siempre toma las decisiones tacticas y estrategicas ideales lo cual no pudo ser así siempre.

Pero ya se sabe que la historia la escriben los vencedores. ( )
  trusmis | Sep 28, 2018 |

Translation by Anne and Peter Wiseman (the latter lectured J.K. Rowling in classics and is rumoured to have been a model for Dumbledore) with lots of maps and photographs of archaeological remains. Reading the introduction, I was startled by the Wisemans' description of the Gauls as "primitive" and the Britons and Germans as even more so. The book was published in 1980 which seems rather late in the day for such strong colonialist language. Caesar himself is much clearer about the strengths of his opponents - the Helvetii had a Greek-language census, the Veneti have excellent seafaring skills (though the Romans of course still win) and Ambiorix and Vercingetorix come close to beating him. Granted, of course, this is propaganda to make the writer look good by defeating sophisticated foes, but the editors frame the narrative more strongly in terms of civilised Romans vs barbarians than Caesar does. Certainly he seems to have killed a lot more non-combatants, or at least bragged about doing so, which is hardly a mark of civilisation.

Anyway, it's a straightforward military narrative written by a key figure, and refreshingly clear even two millennia later. Worth the reread. ( )
  nwhyte | Dec 31, 2015 |
A shocking account of genocide by the man who committed it. ( )
  Lukerik | Oct 8, 2015 |
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Caesar, JuliusAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barabino, AndreaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cunliffe, Barry W.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dorminger, GeorgTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, H. J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammond, CarolynTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Handfors, S. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirtius, Aulussecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huibregtse, P.K.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hunink, VincentTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Katwijk-Knapp, F. H. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lukstiņš, GustavsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pearl, JosephTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rieu, E. V.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tadema, A.A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiseman, AnneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres, quarum unam incolunt Belgae, aliam Aquitani, tertiam qui ipsorum lingua Celtae, nostrae Galli appellantur.
Gaul is a whole divided into three parts, one of which is inhabited by the Belgae, another by the Aquitani, and a third by a people called in their own tongue Celtae, in the Latin Galli.
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Best war memoir ever written by the greatest general who ever lived.
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Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres... It is, perhaps, the most famous opening line of any memoir in Western civilization. What Caesar and the Romans called "Gaul," although we usually think of it as France, also comprised Belgium, the German lands west of the Rhine, southern Holland, and much of Switzerland. This is the only military campaign of the ancient world for which we have a chronicle written by the general who conducted it, and Julius Caesar is an insightful historian, with a keen eye for detail, as in this scene from the repulsion of the forces of the German king Ariovistus:
Caesar placed each of his five generals ahead of a legion and detailed his quaestor to command the remaining legion, so that every soldier might know that there was a high officer in a position to observe the courage with which he conducted himself, and then led the right wing first into action, because he had noticed that the enemy's line was weakest on that side.

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The only chronicle by an ancient general of his own campaigns, this historical treasure is also a work of profound literary merit. Julius Caesar's fascinating account of his conquests offers a trove of priceless details about the cultures of Gaul, Germany, and Britain during the First century B.C.-and of the great man himself. Despite his extensive background in politics, Caesar expresses himself without hiding behind rhetoric, in an uncluttered, factual style. Vigorous, direct, and eloquent, his accounts resemble memoirs or historical outlines rather than a formal histories. His notes on cultural matters, although secondary to his attention to military affairs, offer the era's most complete picture of the settings and personalities among Celtic and German tribes. This excellent translation offers several helpful features.… (more)

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