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The Gallic War and Other Writings

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Introduction by Moses Hadas
Gallic War, I-VIII
Civil War, I-III
Alexandrine, African & Spanish Wars
Map of the Roman Empire at his Death
Map of Gaul
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published June 1957 by Random House Inc. (NY)/The Modern Library (first published -40)
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Jan 11, 2009 Joanna rated it liked it
Caesar's insights into the traditions of the Gaulish Celts, particularly the order of the druids, is fascinating, but the detailed descriptions of battles, especially when he frequently applauds his own heroism, can get a little tiring. It is fairly obvious that he is rewriting history to make himself look better. This was a very quick read and it was so interesting to learn a little bit of the Roman perspective, something which I will have to incorporate into my Celtic studies at some point any ...more
Aug 17, 2008 Richard rated it it was ok
he just wasn't that great of an author. And the war was kind of a jerky enterprise. Not a big fan.
Jul 02, 2007 Ev rated it it was amazing
An excellent translation into modern English of the greatest work of propaganda ever written.
Aug 03, 2008 John rated it really liked it
In a time of impressive men, Julius Caesar was THE MAN. Just ask him.
Daniel Harris
"All Gaul is divided into three parts."

In this somewhat famous set of books (seven in all), Julius Caesar gives an accurate account of the Gallic Wars and the Great Revolt. And although I have always loved the history of the Gallic Wars and the Great Revolt, I really hoped to get greatness out of this book. First the good news. Julius Caesar's writing is not too bad, and as long as you can understand some pretty refined English, this shouldn't be a problem. Also, from a purely informative point
Erik Graff
Aug 21, 2013 Erik Graff rated it liked it
Recommends it for: beginning Latinists, students of the Late Republic
Recommended to Erik by: Ms. Schaeffer, my Latin teacher
Shelves: history
We had to read this in second year high school Latin in "the original." Of course, the text was modernized in ways which would have perplexed the author(s). It had punctuation, distinguished between upper and lower cases in accord with established rules, included diacriticals to facilitate pronunciation and had copious notes to help us with the more difficult words and concepts. It is the only authentic Latin text I have ever read completely with understanding. Only two years of language were re ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Bonnie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Celtic culture and ancient France
I only read the Gallic War; I'm not too interested in the Civil War at this moment. I got a lot of insight into the way the Gauls and Germans lived and fought. It is very interesting to see how the Gauls and the Germans came to be so different. I was so impressed by Gaul's efforts at independence from Rome, and I think Julius Caesar did a lot to make it clear his respect for their military tactics and their dedication to the cause. It was also a lot of fun for me, personally, to hear about Caesa ...more
It is a marvel that this text has made it through the centuries. Written during the last days of the Roman Republic, a young Julius Caesar makes his impact on the German and Gallic tribes. His early invasion of Britain to the final siege of Alesia, a great story of Roman arms. A must for all to understand the beginnings of the Roman Empire.
Tom Schulte
May 31, 2014 Tom Schulte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow those Romans were amazing military engineers! Trenches, pontoons, encircling structures, movable walls, and siege towers. They could build a fleet in thirty days! Julius, in his odd, third-person narrative, was often more declamatory on engineering feats than military victories. Reading this recalled to me detailed histories of the conquistadors: the Gauls and Germans tribes were as diverse and socially developed as the Totonacs, Aztecs, etc. Caesar defeated as much by strategic allies and o ...more
Will Taylor
Dec 25, 2015 Will Taylor rated it it was amazing
easy read from like 2000 years ago, julius caesar bless up. realshit though, this guy needs to chill on all the maize descriptions.
Jan 05, 2016 Nichase rated it really liked it
I've only read 1, 6, 7, but they're entertaining and interestingly written, if not a bit propagandaic and mindless.
May 02, 2012 Kristi rated it liked it
I confess I didn't finish it. I'm just not that interested in the Gallic war!

But it was fascinating, for 100 pages or so, because Caesar's account of fighting the Gauls reveals so much about his character: encouraging to his troops, merciful to those he's conquered and even, at times, those who have betrayed him, and a wise strategist in battle. He was a remarkable leader (and not just b/c he said so -- the intro says that contemporaneous writers agree with his account of his own leadership).

Jorge Eduardo
Oct 19, 2013 Jorge Eduardo rated it really liked it
Excellent read. An incredibly comprehensive and well written memoir of an ancient and consequential war by the man Julius Caesar himself. The Gallic War is not only history, but was also a tool used to make history. Julius Caesar wrote in compelling and no non-sense pros. It is clear why the Romans read this so eagerly, and why it helped his popularity in the home front.
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition




I.—All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third. All these differ from each other in language, customs and laws. The river Garonne separates the Gauls from the Aquitani; the Marne an
Feb 10, 2012 Diane marked it as to-read
This is the closest I could find to the book I have. My copy has a gold-embossed tan and black hard cover. It doesn't say anywhere who the translator is and the introduction and appreciation are by H.E.L. Mellersh. It doesn't contain an ISBN no. Looks nice, though ...
James Violand
Jun 27, 2014 James Violand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Caesar was not a megalomaniac. He was brilliant and ambitious, knew how to spur his men to victory and was magnanimous to his defeated enemies. His accounts of these wars offer an insight into the man, not the myth. A very good read.
Karen Jules
Mar 21, 2011 Karen Jules rated it really liked it
I loved this. It's not my style, but because we worked with this for over four months, i started to like it and i love the thought that what happened in here is reality. Caesar is such a fascinating person.
'Aussie Rick'
Jun 12, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
Great account of the Roman conquest of Gaul.
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A fascinating and concise "history" of Caesar's campaign in Gaul.
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