Caesar: A History of the Art of War among the Romans...

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The Gallic campaigns firmly established Julius Caesar (100 B.C.–44 B.C.) as one of the greatest commanders of all time. After success there, Caesar turned his loyal army back toward Rome. Crossing the Rubicon, he initiated a civil war, marched triumphally to the capital, besieged Pompey at Brundisium, and pacified Spain. With a tiny army he routed Pompey's far larger forces at Pharsalus, pursued him to his death in Egypt, and established Cleopatra on her throne.Though Caesar's Commentaries are among the most ...

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Overview

The Gallic campaigns firmly established Julius Caesar (100 B.C.–44 B.C.) as one of the greatest commanders of all time. After success there, Caesar turned his loyal army back toward Rome. Crossing the Rubicon, he initiated a civil war, marched triumphally to the capital, besieged Pompey at Brundisium, and pacified Spain. With a tiny army he routed Pompey's far larger forces at Pharsalus, pursued him to his death in Egypt, and established Cleopatra on her throne.Though Caesar's Commentaries are among the most exact and picturesque of historical writings, it is only through knowledge of the geography and weaponry of his campaigns that one can properly understand them. In this history, T. A. Dodge, one of the only military historians to have visited every one of the great general's known battlefields, makes full use of other chroniclers and critics and supplements them with his clear, insightful descriptions of the battles. As a fully illustrated and complete military history of one of history's greatest generals, Caesar is unparalleled.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306807879
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/1997
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 818
  • Sales rank: 1,073,067
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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Table of Contents

I Marius and the Army Changes. 110-86 B.C. 1
II Sulla, Pompey. 90-60 B.C. 21
III Caesar's Youth, Education and Early Services. 100-58 B.C. 37
IV Caesar's New Province. The Helvetil 60-58 B.C. 50
V The Battles of the Arar and Bibracte. June, 58 B.C. 68
VI Campaign against Ariovistus. August and September, 58 B.C. 82
VII The Belgae. Spring of 57 B.C. 100
VIII Battle of the Sabis. July to September, 57 B.C. 113
IX The Work of Caesar's Lieutenants. 57-56 B.C. 128
X The Rhine. Spring of 55 B.C. 150
XI Britain. Fall of 55 B.C. 164
XII Cassivellaunus. Spring and Summer, 54 B.C. 177
XIII Ambiorix. Winter, 54-53 B.C. 190
XIV The Treviri and Eburones. Spring, 53 B.C. 210
XV Vercingetorix. Winter, 53-52 B.C. 227
XVI Avaricum. Late Winter and Early Spring, 52 B.C. 238
XVII The Siege of Gergovia. Spring, 52 B.C. 252
XVIII Labienus' Campaign. Spring, 52 B.C. 270
XIX The Siege of Alesia. Summer and Fall of 52 B.C. 283
XX The Battle of Alesia. Fall of 52 B.C. 300
XXI The Bellovaci. January to April, 51 B.C. 310
XXII Uxellodunum. Spring of 51 B.C. 324
XXIII Caesar's Method 338
XXIV Caesar's Army 352
XXV Camps, Sieges and Ballistics 381
XXVI The Opening of the Civil War. December, 50, to May, 49 B.C. 400
XXVII Brundisium and Massilia. February to April, 49 B.C. 422
XXVIII Ilerda. April to June, 49 B.C. 438
XXIX Good Manoeuvring. June, 49 B.C. 454
XXX Massilia, Gades, Africa. April to September, 49 B.C. 474
XXXI Epirus. November, 49, to February, 48 B.C. 493
XXXII Dyrrachium. March to May, 48 B.C. 515
XXXIII Caesar's Defeat. May, 48 B.C. 529
XXXIV Retreat from Dyrrachium. May, 48 B.C. 541
XXXV Pharsalus. June 29, 48 B.C. 557
XXXVI Alexandria. August, 48, to March, 47 B.C. 577
XXXVII Veni, Vidi, Vici. May and June, 47 B.C. 604
XXXVIII Ruspina. October and November, 47 B.C. 619
XXXIX Intrenched Advance. December, 47 B.C. 640
XL Ucita. January, 46 B.C. 659
XLI Thapsus. February, 47 B.C. 677
XLII Spain. December, 46, to August, 45 B.C. 695
XLIII Munda. March, 45 B.C. 712
XLIV The Man and Soldier 731
XLV Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar 755
XLVI The Art of War of the Roman Empire 768
App. A Casualities in Some Ancient Battles 781
App. B Some Ancient Marches 782
Index 783
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2001

    Enigmatic Ceasar

    Written by a 19th century military historian, who actually visited the sites of many of Ceasars's famous battles, before they were paved over by world wars and modern Europe. Dodge doesn't waste time embellishing the stories with literary color but explores the facts, compared with histories from ancient writers, and discusses the probabilities of the actual events. A must read for military history nuts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2000

    detailed but enjoyable

    Althoug very meticulous in his writing, Theodore Dodge succeeds in bringing to life the military genius of Julius Caesar while providing an immense amount of information. The background information on terrain, men, armour, weapons, tactics and leading figures makes this book a truly useful work, well worth the money and time spent reading it.

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