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De Bello Gallico I

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Reprint of the 1957 edition.

Book I of Caesar's Commentaries on the Gallic War starts with an account of Gaul and goes on to cover Caesar's defeat of first the Helvetians and then the Germans under Ariovistus. The Introduction to this edition of the Latin text, first published in 1957, gives background information on the Rome of Caesar's time, on Caesar himself and on the c
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Paperback, 148 pages
Published 1991 by Bristol Classical Press (first published December 6th 1957)
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INTRODUCTION BY THOMAS DE QUINCEY

Opening: 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.



So much slaughter in so few paragraphs. I'll read Book II Ides of March next year
Emma Goris
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
gallia est divida in partes tres
Martin Michalek
The first book I read entirely in Latin.
Sarah
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
latijn is kut
Salvador
Oct 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
Had to translate the Bellum Gallicum in my Latin class and I personally disliked it. I admit partly because I was forced to by my teacher, but partly because
a) Cesar always uses 3rd person for himself, which lets him look like a giant douchebag
b) He never explained why he really started this war, all the things he told were totally lies to justify killing the Gallic people (and I don't think "they killed an ancestor of mine" justifies a whole war)
c) he exploited the lack of knowledge of his ow
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Cyrus Mccormick
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book to help with the study of Latin. Caesar is a very clear and straightforward writer. If one can read Caesar in Latin Cicero should be next in my opinion.
It is also very entertaining to hear about Caesar's exploits. He really was a genius. These are some of the only surviving accounts of European cultures from the era.
Matthew
Read extensive extracts in the original Latin during my AS level studies.
Esha
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it
Not worth reading if you're not a history geek. I find the writing style to be very clear, yet the content exceptionally boring.
Julia Schreder
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
damn this caesar guy writes weird sentences
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Nov 07, 2011 added it
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Hail, Caesar? De Bello Gallico is a great paradox, and here's why. The Latin is elegantly beautiful, perhaps the most graceful prose ever written in the language. It is clear and direct, never obscure or difficult. To read it in the original is to witness a great mind at work and see in all its grandeur the full architectural potential of the language. And yet there is simply no getting around the fact that Caesar's subject matter is as hopelessly dull as the day is long. If you want to bore you ...more
Soffi Cherqezishvili
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
ხუმრობა ხომ არაა, მესამედი ლათინურად წავიკითხე ^_^ ვაგრძელებ ორიგინალს, თუმცა რუსული თარგმანი მოვრჩი უკვე.
თუ ოდესმე რამის თარგმნა მომინდება, ამას ვთარგმნი. თითქოს ჩვეულებრივი ტექსტია, არაფერი განსაკუთრებული, მაგრამ მერე და მერე ისე იკვეთება კეისრის სიეშმაკე, მოხერხებულობა და ცბიერება, სულ უფრო მტკიცდება ჩემი პატივისცემა მის მიმართ. ლექსიკა, სტილი, სინონიმების სიმრავლე, რაოდენობრიობის, თვისობრიობის და ხარისხობრიობის გამოხატვის მანერა... მოკლედ, ხომ ერთერთი უდიდესი პოლიტიკოსია, თუკი საერთოდ რამე გ
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May 02, 2016 added it
We did our last chunk of Caesar today. Like every good Latin student, I've now read some of the Gallic wars. It's weird, because it's normally hated, but I attended such a charming guest lecture on it that I can't help but genuinely enjoy reading it after hearing the talk, honestly.
Anna
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
With Caesar having been read.
Victor Whitman
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As far as I know this is Caesar's first major campaign in Gaul and his first major conquest that set him on the path to becoming one of the world's greatest generals. It is a really good edition. The notes are helpful and the vocabulary is all there. The nice thing about Caesar, though, is his Latin is clear and straight forward. He was also one of Rome's greatest prose writers. It is a good first book to read after Wheelock. About 40 pages of Latin.
Elizabeth Rogers
Mar 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Easy to translate, but fairly standard (read boring). Caesar likes to talk about Caesar and uses pretty repetitive prose.
Alice Tang
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
thankfully very easy to translate from latin but it is super dry in terms of content yikes
Sam
Dec 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
I read most of the book in Latin so...
Brian Campbell
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think you have to give Caesar five stars.
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