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Caesar's Gallic Wars: 58–50 BC (Essential Histories #43)

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Julius Caesar was one of the most ambitious and successful politicians of the late Roman Republic and his short but bloody conquest of the Celtic tribes led to the establishment of the Roman province of Gaul (modern France).
Caesar's commentaries on his Gallic Wars provide us with the most detailed surviving eye-witness account of a campaign from antiquity. Kate Gilliver m
Paperback, 96 pages
Published November 20th 2002 by Osprey Publishing
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Jun 04, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong account of a fascinating period of history. This book contains a lot of background information, as well as information about the actual fighting, as well as the strategies used by Caesar. There is a fair amount of explanation, but does not weigh the reader down with details. Like most Osprey titles, there do seem to be a few photographs that are either entirely unnecessary or seem oddly placed within the context, but almost all of the images, maps, and photographs are excellent and help ...more
Jeremy Perron
Oct 01, 2011 Jeremy Perron rated it it was amazing
Back in the time of Caesar, it was Gaul, a name given and used by none who lived there. Kate Gilliver in her ninety-two-page work details the conquest of the area known as Gaul to the Romans, by the most famous Roman of them all, Gaius Julius Caesar. The tribes of Gaul were the oldest and most hated enemies of the Romans. It was a Gallic tribe that sacked Rome in the year 390 B.C. causing hatred that would last for generations. Not even Hannibal of Carthage had been able to sack Rome; he only go ...more
Jul 14, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in conjunction with reading the Latin text of DBG. Gillver clarified so much of the Gallic War and background on Caesar/Roman fighting. Highly recommend this text - need to see if it's available digitally so I can use it in my classes!
Sebastian Stevenson
A very easy to read summary of the Gallic Wars. If you can't get a copy of Caesar's own writings in English, this is a great way to learn about the campaign and some other general information of the time.
Nov 17, 2013 Martha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Back in Latin 2 this was the longest, most boring slog I could imagine. Reread it in English as an adult--couldn't believe how lively and fascinating it is. Caesar may have been a thug, but he was a brilliant general and an excellent prose stylist. Anyone who could get thousands of tough guys to live on polenta they had to cook themselves while tramping through the rain-soaked German forests with sixty pounds of entrenching equipment on their backs wearing short skirts and no socks and managing ...more
Andrew Price
Caesar is said to have the best written Latin of anyone except Cicero. This is one of two books written by Caesar about his own actions. Also, this text was often used to teach Latin to young children. The book is written in third person which was a little weird at first. However, it is a great way to understand the Gallic Wars and the spread of Roman Power into France and Belgium.
Mar 13, 2010 Tracy rated it it was amazing
a great book if you are a historian and love this type of stuff. highly recommend it.
Jun 23, 2008 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The price of control.
Jan 31, 2010 Robbie added it
Julius Caesar's autobiography, or his memoirs of his seven years at war with the Celts, Germans, and Britons. It's hard to get into this work but as a student of Roman history, going back and reading the personal writings of Caesar is a must. There are parallels to be found within its pages, like with the U.S.'s wars for dominance in the Middle East and Central Asia.
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Dr. Kate Gilliver is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion.

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