The Civil War

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Overview

THE CIVIL WAR is Caesar's masterly account of the celebrated war between himself and his great rival Pompey, from the crossing of the Rubicon in January 49 B.C. to Pompey's death and the start of the Alexandrian War in the autumn of the following year. This generously annotated edition places the war in context and enables the reader to grasp it both in detail and as a whole. 368 pp.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140441871
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1976
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 323,849
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

John Carter retired from a Senior Lectureship at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1992. His most recent translation is the Greek historian Appian's account of the Roman Civil Wars (1996).

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Table of Contents


The Civil War Introduction
Historical background
Caesar - the man and his aims
The Civil War and the continuations

Bibliographical Note

Translator's Note

Caesar: The Civil War

Part I: The Struggle Begins
1. Intransigence at Rome
2. Caesar reacts
3. The Seige of Corfinium
4. Pompey leaves Italy
5. Caesar's Senate
6. Resistance at Massilia
7. The First Spanish campaign - Ilerda
8. A naval fight at Massilia
9. Spain - a war of attrition
10. The Pompeians capitulate

Part II: Securing the West
1. The Seige of Massilia
2. Spain - the surrender of Varro
3. Massilia capitulates
4. Africa - Curio's campaign
5. Curio's last stand

Part III: The Great Confrontation
1. Caesar in Italy - Pompey's preparations
2. Negotiations in Epirus
3. Trouble in Italy
4. Antony runs the gauntlet
5. The Lieutenants in Macedon
6. Stalemate at Dyrrachium
7. Setbacks for Caesar
8. Caesar moves to Thessaly
9. Pompey follows
10. The battle of Pharsalus
11. The death of Peompey
12. Caesar at Alexandria

The Alexandrian War

I. Events in Egypt
1. Miltary preparations
2. The water supply poisoned
3. Naval engagements
4. The last stages

II. Events in Asia

III. Events in Illyricum

IV. Events in Spain

V. Caesar Chastens Pharnaces: Zela

The African War
1. Initail landings in Africa
2. Waiting at Ruspina
3. Consolidation
4. Caesar takes the offense
5. The Pompeians lose the initiative
6. Thapsus
7. The settlement of Africa

The Spanish War
1. Caesar pursues the Pompeians
2. The victory of Munda
3. 'Mopping-up'

Notes
The Civil War
The Alexandrain
The African War
The Spanish War

Appendixes
I. The Text
II. The Ultimate Decree
III. Pharsalus
IV. Chronological Outline of the Careers of Pompey and Caesar

Glossary or Persons and Places

Index of Maps

Maps and Sketch-Plans

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