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The Gallic War

The Gallic War

Caesar

Translated by H. J. Edwards

ISBN 9780674990807

Publication date: 01/01/1917

The conquest that begot the Roman Empire.

Caesar (C. Iulius, 102–44 BC), statesman and soldier, defied the dictator Sulla; served in the Mithridatic wars and in Spain; entered Roman politics as a “democrat” against the senatorial government; was the real leader of the coalition with Pompey and Crassus; conquered all Gaul for Rome; attacked Britain twice; was forced into civil war; became master of the Roman world; and achieved wide-reaching reforms until his murder. We have his books of commentarii (notes): eight on his wars in Gaul, 58–52 BC, including the two expeditions to Britain 55–54, and three on the civil war of 49–48. They are records of his own campaigns (with occasional digressions) in vigorous, direct, clear, unemotional style and in the third person, the account of the civil war being somewhat more impassioned.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Caesar is in three volumes. Volume II is his Civil War. The Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War, commonly ascribed to Caesar by our manuscripts but of uncertain authorship, are collected in Volume III.

Author

  • Henry John Edwards (1869–1923) was Fellow and Tutor of Peterhouse, Cambridge.

Book Details

  • 656 pages
  • 1-5/16 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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