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The enemy were overpowered and took to flight. The Romans pursued as far as their strength enabled them to run' Between 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and invaded Britain twice, and "The Conquest of Gaul" is his record of these campaigns. Caesar's narrative offers insights into his military strategy and ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published February 24th 1983 by Penguin Books (first published -50)
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Jan-Maat
This is what I was brought to by a childhood of reading Asterix.

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 wh
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Darwin8u
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
“In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are.”
― Julius Caesar

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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
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Caroline
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classical, history
A classic for many reasons.

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
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J.G. Keely
Nothing better represents Caesar's understanding of how to play upon the hopes and joys of man than the fact that he was able to turn a few hundred pages of troop movements into a thoughtful, engrossing narrative. We read not only Caesar's thoughts and intentions in the work, but also gain an invaluable view of Roman politics. In his own words, Caesar sets the scene for the events which soon overtook the empire and captured the imagination of western literature for thousands of years to come.

If
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Brian
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brian by: William T. Vollmann
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In his excellent intro to his translation of this text, Handford gives the reader a good glimpse of just how exceptional a person Julius Caesar was. Incomparable field general, adept politician, accomplished statesman, a very real care for the advancement of Roman civilization / improvements for its citizens - AND the dude can write? "No other great general of antiquity has left us his own accounts of his campaigns," Handford writes, "and it is doubtful if any other great general, of any age or ...more
AGamarra
"César es obligado en contra de su forma de ser a llevarlo al suplicio ante la enorme afluencia de soldados, quienes le echaban en cara todos los peligros y pérdidas sufridas por la guerra ..., de manera que su cuerpo azotado hasta la muerte fue decapitado por el hacha"

Me encantó haber podido leer esta obra que también (no sé cuántas veces lo he dicho) conocí por "Rojo y Negro". Julio César, el romano más famoso de la historia, cuenta en un estilo directo, conciso y extraordinario la campaña con
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Szplug
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not only was Caesar a master self-promoter and consummate politician, but he could wield the pen with a stylistic flourish: The Gallic Wars hums along in double time, marching the reader through the entire lengthy invasion and pacification campaign of non-Narbonensis Gaul. Really, Caesar offers it all—a foretaste of the Caesarian Cycle in the story of the migratory horde of the Helvetii and their fiercely contested clash with the Roman will, resulting in a thorough Julian chastisement; then a pe ...more
umberto
I think this book is worth reading and pondering since it's written by one of the famous Roman generals and statesmen in Latin. Long time ago I first read his decisive quote, "I came, I saw, I conquered!" [Veni, vidi, vici!] somewhere with awe and wondered who said this and why. We can still read about him in innumerable biographies nowadays even though he lived 2,000 years ago. From this book, I think Julius Caesar was a leader of genius due to his wit, character and leadership. Some excerpts:

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Scott
May 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, war, antiquity, latin
Julius Caesar, the Roman geezer, lays omnis Gallia waste with his customary clemency, celerity, and efficiency. The Gallic War is a startling read, no less for its cracking pace and clear style, than for its shameless brutality and its unblushing depiction of greed and violence on an international scale: entire governments executed, civilian populations enslaved en masse, mass mutilations. You get the feeling sometimes that that you're reading the diaries Hitler would have written, if he had won ...more
Kerrie
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How I feel after finishing this: I R SMRT.

I was surprised how readable this was, but the difference between Caesar's style and Hirtius' (who completed the narrative of the final rebellion) was obvious. I positively zinged through the last chapter whereas the part written by Caesar required concentration. You zoned out for a split second and you missed crucial information. That man was really stingy with his words - every single one counted.

Caesar's obvious political tightrope-walking was apparen
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your favorite history books and why 6 19 Sep 14, 2013 04:09AM  
  • The History of Rome, Books XXI-XXX: The War With Hannibal
  • The Agricola and The Germania
  • The Jugurthine War and the Conspiracy of Catiline
  • The Civil Wars
  • Makers of Rome: Nine Lives ( Coriolanus, Fabius Maximus, Marcellus, Cato the Elder, Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius Gracchus, Sertorius, Brutus & Mark Antony)
  • The Persian Expedition
  • The Rise of the Roman Empire
  • The Roman History: The Reign of Augustus
  • The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)
  • The Campaigns of Alexander
  • Selected Letters
  • The Jewish War
  • Roman Warfare
  • History of Rome
  • Scipio Africanus:  Greater than Napoleon
  • Lives of the Later Caesars
  • The Letters of the Younger Pliny
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Gaius Julius Caesar (Classical Latin: [ˈɡaː.i.ʊs ˈjuː.li.ʊs ˈkae.sar]; 13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC), known as Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician, general, and notable author of Latin prose. He played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey formed a political alliance that dominated Roma
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