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In the third and final book which he wrote about his campaigns in the Civil War, Caesar tells the story of his fight with Pompey in 48 B.C. which ended in the rout of the latter at Pharsalus, perhaps Caesar's most notable military victory. The book ends with Caesar pursuing Pompey to Egypt. Here began Caesar's celebrated affair with Cleopatra. At this point the book, and the whole work, ends abruptly.With this volume the author's edition and commentary on Caesar's Civil War becomes the first complete commentary ...
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In the third and final book which he wrote about his campaigns in the Civil War, Caesar tells the story of his fight with Pompey in 48 B.C. which ended in the rout of the latter at Pharsalus, perhaps Caesar's most notable military victory. The book ends with Caesar pursuing Pompey to Egypt. Here began Caesar's celebrated affair with Cleopatra. At this point the book, and the whole work, ends abruptly.With this volume the author's edition and commentary on Caesar's Civil War becomes the first complete commentary in English for a hundred years and is considerably more detailed than currently available annotated texts and translations in other languages. The main emphasis of the commentary, as before, is historical, but Caesar's literary technique is also scrutinised. The Latin text is newly constituted with a brief apparatus criticus. Latin text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856685835
  • Publisher: Aris and Phillips
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Series: Classical Texts Series
  • Pages: 232

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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