Caesar's Footprints

Caesar's Footprints

by Bijan Omrani


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An intellectual adventure through ancient France revealing how Caesar’s conquest of Gaul changed the course of French culture, forever transforming modern Europe.

Julius Caesar's conquests in Gaul in the 50s BC were bloody, but the cultural revolution they brought in their wake forever transformed the ancient Celtic culture of that country. After Caesar, the Gauls exchanged their tribal quarrels for Roman values and acquired the paraphernalia of civilized urban life. The Romans also left behind a legacy of language, literature, law, government, religion, architecture, and industry.

Each chapter of Caesar's Footprints is dedicated to a specific journey of exploration through Roman Gaul. From the amphitheatres of Arles and Nîmes to the battlefield of Châlons (where Flavius Aetius defeated Attila the Hun) Bijan Omani—an exciting and authoritative new voice in Roman history—explores archaeological sites, artifacts, and landscapes to reveal how the imprint of Roman culture shaped Celtic France—and thereby helped to create modern Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681775661
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Bijan Omrani attended Lincoln College, Oxford. His first book, Ticking Tom and the Tornado, was published when he was 10 years old, which he followed with contributions to The Spectator as an undergraduate. His research interests include Euripides, mysticism, Henry Purcell and the history of the Afghan-Pakistan frontier. He is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia including Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian and Silk Road (Odyssey Books & Guides), and also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He teaches Classics at Westminster School.

Table of Contents

List of Maps xi

A Note on Terminology xiii

Introduction 3

I Gaul Before Caesar 9

II Caesar's Command 45

III The Taming of Gaul 81

IV Tales of the Imagination 119

V When in France 145

VI High Life and City Chic 175

VII Country Life 199

VIII The Dignity of Labour 225

IX In Their Own Words 245

X Blood of the Martyrs 277

Epilogue: From an Empire to a Dream 321

Bibliographical Notes 347

Bibliography 357

Picture Credits 371

Acknowledgements 373

Index 375

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