Gallic War

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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, ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486451077
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/27/2006
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 179,708
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis of the Books
Gallic War
  Book I
  Book II
  Book III
  Book IV
  Book V
  Book VI
  Book VII
  Book VIII
Indexes
Maps and Plans
  Gaul
  Campaign Map
  Battle Against the Helvetii
  Battle of the Aisne
  Battle of the Sambre
  Bridge over the Rhine
  Roman Agger at Avaricum
  Gallic Wall
  Plan of Gergovia
  Plan of Alesia
  Roman Siege Appliances
  Roman Works at Alesia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    I read it in Latin

    I have always wanted to re-read this in English. It was a captivating story when I had to read it in Latin Class in high school back in 19......!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Unacceptable

    This e-text is illegible due to OCR errors. I expected better from Barnes and Noble, even for free.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Bad Scan

    Bad Scan

    Like so many of the free books available for the Nook, this book is very poorly scanned. Pagination and printing is off.

    It is not worth the trouble, and I am deleting it.

    I guess you really do get what you pay for¿

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    A fascinating glimpse into ancient warfare

    Julius Caesar's self-promoting memoirs of his time as a Roman general in Gaul are a surprisingly interesting read. While it is a bit hard to keep track of the shifting alliances between the many Gallic tribes, Caesar describes Roman battlefield maneuvers, siege warfare, and diplomacy in a clear, readable manner. I felt that the subtext of the book was "I, Julius Caesar, am an awesome general and savvy diplomat. I always displays great reason and mercy but am not afraid to punish treachery." Nevertheless, it is a fascinating look at warfare in the ancient world.

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