The Conquest of Gaul
Betweeen 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar not only conquered almost the whole of modern France, Belgium and Switzerland, with parts of Holland and Germany, but also invaded Britain twice. It was partly as a piece of personal propaganda that he recorded his campaigns against the variou...more
Unlike Asterix the injuries aren't restricted to black eyes and broken bones, nor is there a big feast at the end. The warfare is savage and at the end Caesar tumbles into the civil war that ends the Roman republic.
The fighting is savage on both sides. One of the Gaulish leaders, Vercingetorix, has the ears cut off or an eye gouged out of his own soldiers "even for a minor fault" (p157), Roman civilians are massacred on occasion whi ...more
― Julius Caesar
I kept jumping back and forth between my Loeb Classics version of The Gallic War and my Penguin Classics version of The Conquest of Gaul. Reading Caesar makes me want to go back and learn Latin (the Loeb Classics keep seductively singing to me of the benefits of a Latin education). Anyway, I only meant to start the The Conquest of Gaul today, but the compelling narrative of Caesar's Gallic War (the record of ...more
Caesar is, first of all, a masterful writer. As so many other reviewers have said, the pace is cracking. He offers an adept mix of strategy and tactics discussions, actual battle scenes, politics within his own command, and both military and ethnographic descriptions of the Gauls. His timing in switching from one to the other is perfect. Caesar is unbelievably visual in the battle scenes. Just the words paint an easily understood picture of the terrain and the distribu ...more
This is a fun read. You can count the dead as you go along; and the methods ...more
Much has been written on why Caesar composed this work. The word “commentarius” gives a reason, as it indicates a type of writing which is between raw data, such as reports, notes or letters and a more artistic type of composition, such as a history. In some of the secondary ...more
This was a great little book. Caesar isn't one to get wordy. He just tells you what happened and why. He refrains from too much cataloging of arms and armament (unlike Churchill, omg). His observations about the Gauls and the Germans are interesting and devoid of the annoying veil of political correctness. He isn't obscenely bombasti ...more
One can see why Roman letters set the high standard of eloquence that European scholars would look to for over a thousand years. The clarity and precision of Caeser's writing are extremely admirable, and have ...more
It is less well known now, and frankly tha ...more
De lectura fácil por una gran traducción al español y por lo buen escritor que era César. Los primeros 7 libros desde el inicio de la campaña ha ...more
Fans of Roman and military history will eat this up.
Read it in mass market paperback at 256 including suggested reading.
When reading through Goldsworthy's very worthy Caesar, he pays particular attention to using Caesar's own words during the conquest. Going as far to talk about enough things without direct quotations that I wanted to read the Conquest of Gaul in its entirety from the man that bent and broke it into a province of Rome. Luckily his words have survived.
Julias doesn't disappoint. While Proconsul, Jul ...more
"Caesar was not and is not lovable. His generosity to defeated opponents, magnanimous though it was, did not win their affection. He won his soldiers’ devotion by the victories that his intellectual ability, applied to warfare, brought them. Yet, though not lovable, Caesar was and is attractive, indeed fascinating. His political achievement required ability, in effect amounting to genius, in several different fields, including administration and generalship besides the minor arts of wire pulling ...more
"La Galia, en su conjuntto, está dividida en tres partes, de las cuales una la habitan los belgas, otra los aquitanos, ... y otra los galos..."
De esta manera comienza César su crónica en siete libros, además del octavo añadido por Aulo Hircio, que cierra la conquista de la Gal ...more
Caesar's classic work written in the third person about his conquest of Gaul. It's hard to say that he doesn't take advantage of the opportunity (opportunist that he was) and talk himself up. I can't blame him because no ...more
THE GALLIC WAR
WITH AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY
H.J. EDWARDS, C.B.
This may be the eighth time I have read this book during my life it was sent to me falling apart stamped to be discarded rescued by my daughter who I no doubt talked to about it. More or less translated from the campaign journals of C. JULIUS CEASAR 58 through 51 B.C., it covers nine years of bloody Roman conquest in the land of ancient Gaul (modern day France), Germany and Britain. For Caesar the only path to power lay through ...more
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When Caesar was writing this himself he was using it as a propaganda for himself back in Rome with the people and certain members of the Senate. While there are clear elements of propoganda; Caesars reports are fairly balanced with only a few cases of selected reporting (such as his assertion that his entrance of Gaul was a peace-keeping mission).
Caesar himself is a very gifted writer using a very plain and carefully constr ...more
While there is much useful historical information, keep in mind it's written by a politician who had his own interests in mind.
I recommend it for anybo ...more
As a politician, Caesar made use of popularist tactics. During the late 60s and into the 50s BC, he formed political alliances ...more