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Caesar Against The Celts Paperback – January 22, 1996
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This book also provides a background for The Civil War. I thought I understood the conflict between Pompey and Caesar, but after reading this book, I see their dynamic in a whole new light. Read this book BEFORE you read The Civil War and AFTER you have read The Conquest of Gaul.
'Caesar attempting to pass a large river in Britain, Cassoellaunus king of the Britons. obstructed him with many horsemen and chariots. Caesar had in his train a very large elephant, an animal hitherto unseen by the Britons. Having armed him with scales of iron, and put a large tower upon him, and placed therein archers and slingers, he ordered them to enter the stream. The Britons were amazed on beholding a beast till then unseen, and of a extraordinary nature. As to the horses, what need to write of them? Since even among the Greeks, horses fly at seeing an elephant even without harness; but thus towered and armed, and casting darts and slinging, they could not endure even to look upon the sight. The Britons therefore fled with their horses and chariots. Thus the Romans passed the river without molestation, having terrified the enemy by a single animal.'
In under 300 pages you get a good background of Caesar's years prior to returning to Rome.
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Fascinating glimpse into the early history of Rome and CeasarPublished 7 months ago by The Hikemaster
Frankly, why should we read the account of a 21st Century civilian when Caesar, the hero (or villian) of these events in history left his own accounts for us? Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by K. Murphy
This book by Ramon Jimenez is limited to Caesar and his campaigns in Gaul which he led under an extraordinary command lasting from 58 B.C. to 50 B.C. Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by Octavius
For the novice of classical studies this book would be a good start at learning the Roman point of view concerning the subjugation of the continental Celtic tribes. Mr. Read morePublished on January 16, 2001
A great read and very informative. I can now bring up Vercingetorix in casual conversation. One caveat: the maps could have been much better done. Read morePublished on January 6, 2001 by Joseph Knapp
﻿Mr. Jimenez book is a very good overview of Ceasar's campaign against the Celts. He does a fine job describing the tactics and strategies that Ceasar utilized as well... Read morePublished on December 16, 2000 by Fred M. Blum