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The Gallic Wars: The Campaigns That Made Julius Caesar a Roman Legend (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Charles River Editors

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*Includes pictures.
*Includes excerpts from Caesar's own commentaries about the Gallic Wars.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.
*Includes a table of contents.

"As the action was carried on in sight of all, neither a brave nor cowardly act could be concealed; both the desire of praise and the fear of ignominy, urged on each party to valor. After fighting from noon almost to sunset, without victory inclining in favor of either, the Germans, on one side, made a charge against the enemy in a compact body, and drove them back; and, when they were put to flight, the archers were surrounded and cut to pieces. In other parts, likewise, our men pursued to the camp the retreating enemy, and did not give them an opportunity of rallying…” – Caesar, De Bello Gallico

The Gallic Wars, the series of campaigns waged by Julius Caesar on behalf of the Roman Senate between 58-50 BC, were among the defining conflicts of the Roman era. Not only was the expansion of the Republic’s domains unprecedented (especially when considering it was undertaken under the auspices of a single general), it had a profound cultural impact on Rome itself as well. The Roman Republic, so dynamic in the wake of the destruction of their ancient enemy, Carthage, had recently suffered a series of dramatic upheavals; from the great slave rebellion of Spartacus to the brutal and bloody struggle for power of Marius and Sulla. Rome had been shaken to its very core, and a victory was essential both to replenish the dwindling national coffers and to instill in the people a sense of civic pride and a certainty in the supremacy of the Republic.

Quite simply, in terms of scale, the Gallic Wars were unmatched by anything the Roman Republic had witnessed since the Punic Wars. By the end of the campaigns, ancient historians estimated that more than a million people had died, and still more displaced or enslaved. Even by the more conservative estimates of modern historians, a casualty count in the hundreds of thousands appears possible. Either way, the war was a cataclysm, involving tens of thousands of combatants, and it also marked the greatest displays of skill by one of the greatest battlefield generals history has ever known.

Caesar’s successful campaigns in Gaul have become the stuff of military legend, in part because he had the foresight to document them himself. Caesar himself wrote a famous firsthand account of the Gallic Wars, apparently from notes he had kept during the campaigns, and he wrote Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentaries on the Gallic War) in the third person. Caesar’s account described the campaigning and the battles, all as part of a propaganda campaign to win the popularity of the Roman people. As a result, he left out inconvenient facts, including how much of a fortune he made plundering, but the work still remains popular today, and it is still used to teach Latin.

The Gallic Wars: The Campaigns That Made Julius Caesar a Roman Legend comprehensively looks at the campaigns that subdued Gaul and led to Caesar’s conquest not just of the European continent but of Rome itself. Along with pictures, you will learn about the Gallic Wars like never before, in no time at all.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 52 pages
  • Editeur : Charles River Editors (29 janvier 2014)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth every penny. 15 février 2014
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This is a long time reference work that is based largely on Julius Caesar's own accounts, but it gives a fair summation of his exploits as a general before he came to rule the Empire. Well edited except one word that is misspelled which appears several times. This is an editing oversight caused by a faulty reading by an ocr program. But it's not unusual to find these, and sometimes excessively, in electronic copies of books which were converted by ocr rather than from electronic galleys.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Short summary, easy read 25 mars 2014
Par Charles H - Publié sur
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This is a very short work. It does a good job of providing an overview of the gallic wars. I would recommend it to someone like a high school student who had heard about the wars in history class and wanted to learn a bit more without taking up too much time. It is not appropriate for someone seeking a more in depth look or who has already read other works on the topic.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't know much about (Roman) history 2 mars 2014
Par Spongy Bob - Publié sur
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Optimates? authors jumped in the time period without a prologue regarding the different Factions in Rome. Ceasar was a self serving narcissist not unlike most leaders as presented in the book. By the standards of that era, he was enlightened in his treatment of those he conquered in the Gallic wars. Made more human in the process.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 EXcellent 25 février 2014
Par Robert G. Buice - Publié sur
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The item was received as expected. There were no issues. What else can one say about a digitally downloaded item?
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