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  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (January 22, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885119208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885119209
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,599,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's a fun to read book.
Indiana Lee
The only political difference between freedmen and commoners(plebeians)was that they couldn't hold political offices or official priesthoods.
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It is well written and the writing flows nicely.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
I had no thought of reading this wonderful little book until I chanced upon the two highly negative reviews below. Despite their somewhat silly attempts at erudition, the authors of those reviews evince a wholly unpleasant snobbery that seems to want to deprive popular audiences of the fun and fascination of the study of classical history and literature. Such, I am convinced, is the mark of the true ignoramus. As a long-time teacher of ancient Greek and Latin, I am all too aware that most students today will never experience the joy of "hearing Caesar's voice" in his native tongue (and that others will never even muddle through a translation). What then is so wrong with a popular account of Caesar's campaigns, particularly such a delightful one as this? As one who has devoted my career (however humble) to promoting classical scholarship, I am proud to recommend this book to both the hobbyists so despised by the reviewer below, and to any newcomers who may be inspired to learn more about the stories and languages of antiquity. Come. Read. Enjoy. And for the Visigoths among us--lighten up, okay?
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David Ferreira on August 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
For those who prefer a color commentary on Caesar's exploits in Gaul, look for "Caesar Against the Celts" by Ramon Jimenez -- a great read on this topic. Not only does Jimenez add character depth to Caesar's accounts, but he brings to light likely points of exhageration and ommission on Caesar's part.
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.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
The man most know as Julius Caesar left behind a gripping account of his campaigns against the wild men of Europe, the Celts, and their fearsome neighbors, the Germans. The author paints a vivid picture of Caesar's courageous and risky campaign, particularly the startlingly succesful conquest of Britain. The reader is practically treated to a war correspendent's view of a Classical war. The author also provides some juicy tidbits on Caesar's early career, including how he might have earned the alias Queen of Bythnia. Overall, an excellent fleshing out of what was arguably Caesar's greatest achievement, with some much needed "fill in the blanks" of Caesar's personal accounts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Lee on December 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ramon Jimenez brings Caesar and his famous Legions back to life in their campaigns against the Celts and Germans. Ramon uses historical records and archaeology in this fun to read text book. Buy the book. It's a fun to read book.
'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.'
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
The author had carefully traced Julius Caesar's war against the Celts in a yearly basis.This book is a useful supplement to the book written by the protaganist himself - 'The Gallic Wars'. As we read through the book, we can see how Caesar managed to subdue the fierce Celts, and unknowingly, managed to postpone the Germanic tribes invasion of Gaul for the next 300 years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book chronicles the period in Caesar's life when he conquered Gaul and crossed the english channel into England. It was the largest crossing until world war 2. The book is fast paced and details organization and engineering feats that Caesar's armies performed.
In under 300 pages you get a good background of Caesar's years prior to returning to Rome.
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Format: Hardcover
Excellent summary of Julius Caesar's campaigns in Gaul and Britain. Mr. Jimenez should be commended for writing a concise entry point for someone wanting to study one of history's greatest commanders greatest campaign. The study of Caesar's campaign in Gaul has been dissected for the past two millennium by historians and scholars but many of their works are hard to broach without a good introduction to the subject such as this one. Well done, Mr. Jimenez!
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