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Caesar: A History of the Art of War Among the Romans Down to the End of the Roman Empire, With a Detailed Account of the Campaigns of Caius Julius Caesar [Kindle Edition]

Theodore Ayrault Dodge
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Book Description

At the time of his death, Julius Caesar was the most powerful man on earth. Beginning with the Gallic Wars, he had fought a series of epic campaigns, culminating in the brutal civil war that brought the Roman Republic to an end and gave birth to the new Roman Empire. His battles ranged over much of the known world, from Spain, Gaul and Italy, to Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Caesar's own Commentaries are a classic account of how he led his beloved legions into battle, but they leave many questions of war and strategy unanswered.

Theodore Ayrault Dodge's illustrated history of Caesar was first published in 1892, as part of his “Great Captains” series. The author, an experienced military officer and historian, visited all of the major battlefields, and made full use of ancient sources. His history follows Caesar’s entire career, reconstructs his victories and defeats, and explains his lasting impact on the art of war. “Caesar” is an unparalleled military history of one of the world’s greatest generals.

This ebook edition includes an active table of contents, reflowable text, and over 250 campaign maps, battle diagrams, and other illustrations.

Table of Contents:
 • I. Marius and the Army Changes. 110–86 B.C.
 • II. Sulla, Pompey. 90–60 B.C.
 • III. Cæsar’s Youth, Education and Early Services. 100–58 B.C.
 • IV. Cæsar’s New Province. The Helvetii. 60–58 B.C.
 • V. The Battles of the Arar and Bibracte. June, 58 B.C.
 • VI. Campaign against Ariovistus. August and September, 58 B.C.
 • VII. The Belgæ. Spring of 57 B.C.
 • VIII. Battle of the Sabis. July to September, 57 B.C.
 • IX. The Work of Cæsar’s Lieutenants. 57–56 B.C.
 • X. The Rhine. Spring of 55 B.C.
 • XI. Britain. Fall of 55 B.C.
 • XII. Cassivellaunus. Spring and Summer, 54 B.C.
 • XIII. Ambiorix. Winter, 54–53 B.C.
 • XIV. The Treviri and Eburones. Spring, 53 B.C.
 • XV. Vercingetorix. Winter, 53–52 B.C.
 • XVI. Avaricum. Late Winter and Early Spring, 52 B.C.
 • XVII. The Siege of Gergovia. Spring, 52 B.C.
 • XVIII. Labienus’ Campaign. Spring, 52 B.C.
 • XIX. The Siege of Alesia. Summer and Fall of 52 B.C.
 • XX. The Battle of Alesia. Fall of 52 B.C.
 • XXI. The Bellovaci. January to April, 51 B.C.
 • XXII. Uxellodunum. Spring of 51 B.C.
 • XXIII. Cæsar’s Method
 • XXIV. Cæsar’s Army
 • XXV. Camps, Sieges and Ballistics
 • XXVI. The Opening of the Civil War. December, 60, to May, 49 B.C.
 • XXVII. Brundisium and Massilia. February to April, 49 B.C.
 • XXVIII. Ilerda. April to June, 49 B.C.
 • XXIX. Good Manœuvring. June, 49 B.C.
 • XXX. Massilia, Gades, Africa. April to September, 49 B.C.
 • XXXI. Epirus. November, 49, to February, 48 B.C.
 • XXXII. Dyrrachium. March to May, 48 B.C.
 • XXXIII. Cæsar’s Defeat. May, 48 B.C.
 • XXXIV. Retreat from Dyrrachium. May, 48 B.C.
 • XXXV. Pharsalus. June 29, 48 B.C.
 • XXXVI. Alexandria. August, 48, to March, 47 B.C.
 • XXXVII. Veni, Vidi, Vici. May and June, 47 B.C.
 • XXXVIII. Ruspina. October and November, 47 B.C.
 • XXXIX. Entrenched Advance. December, 47 B.C.
 • XL. Ucita. January, 46 B.C.
 • XLI. Thapsus. February, 47 B.C.
 • XLII. Spain. December, 46, to August, 45 B.C.
 • XLIII. Munda. March, 46 B.C.
 • XLIV. The Man and Soldier
 • XLV. Alexander, Hannibal, Cæsar
 • XLVI. The Art of War of the Roman Empire
 • Appendix A. Casualties in Some Ancient Battles
 • Appendix B. Some Ancient Marches
 • List of Dates

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About the Author

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Ayrault Dodge (1842–1909) served in the New York volunteer infantry during the Civil War. His books include Alexander, Hannibal, The Campaign of Chancellorsville, A Bird's Eye View of Our Civil War, Gustavus Adolphus, Cesar,and Napoleon (in four volumes).

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  • Publisher: Tales End Press (August 9, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhaustive Detail On Caesar & Roman Arms. May 20, 1999
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In his typical simple & clear substantial style of prose Dodge presents the history of Roman arms & details Caesar's campaigns in impressive & compelling manner.He begins by the changes that took place during the time of Marius from the 2nd Punic War,highlighting then to the life of Caesar & effortlessly narrates his campaigns.His analysis of Ceasar' personality & military skill & with his comparison of the man & his other fellow greats in military antiquity Hannibal & Alexander make some very moving reading,none the least to say truly inspiring.Dodge is one of the greatest military historians ever,& in the case of this book he has travelled to all the battle sites Caesar was involved in,giving more soundness & validity to his account.All of his books are definitely recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a worthy addition to your library! February 3, 2000
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I use this as a reference work, but it is also written on a level where I can offer it to people with only a basic interest in Caesar, Rome or Ancient Warfare. A must for ancient's wargamers, historians and students of military history. There have been conflicting opinions, but this work is well worth the reading. If you came here looking for a good work on Caesar's military, or the Roman Army of the 50's BC, buy this one!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True title should be: CAESAR'S ART OF WAR December 26, 2003
No politics, no love story featuring that useless midget Cleopatra. This book is a hard-core military book. Features very detailed accounts of the Campaigns of Julius Caesar.
Buy this book if you want to learn about how Caesar fought wars. Detailed information about on how he designed defensive perimeters, how he made camp, how long trenches were, etc..
Also includes how he made siege on enemy fortifications and laid waste to way too many peoples.
You will learn the many goods, a few bads, and the one ugly (exterminated a whole race in Gaul) on Caesar.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that has stood the test of time December 30, 2000
Some time ago I read Dodge's book on Hannibal the Carthaginian General. It was an amazing book. For that reason I purchased and read his book on Caesar. This book was originally published in 1892 its author died in 1909.
Although I have only a paper back edition the book is full of maps and line drawings. These illustrate many things. There are drawings of roman military formations, illustrations of how ships worked detailed drawings of siege lines, towers and the like. The work that has gone into the book is simply staggering.
Dodge has not only compiled a history of Caesar's campaigns but he has written a treatise on war and how it was conducted towards the end of the Roman Republic. The narrative is fresh easy to follow and has not dated like so many other books from that long ago.
Caesar is one of the more significant figures in history. He is known as an author who's works used to be the basis of teaching Latin to schoolchildren. His name initially became the title for the first Roman Emperors. His name became the title of the Russian autocrats "The Tsar" and somewhat later the title of the German Emperor "the Kaiser". His historical legacy was the end of the Roman Republic and the creation of the Imperial system.
His career is remarkable. At the time he first assumed military command Gaius Pompeius (Pompey) was Rome's foremost citizen. Pompey had cleared the Mediterranean of pirates and had waged a successful campaign in the middle east. Caesar was given a military command of what is now northern Italy and Croatia. He used his army to expand that command conquering Gaul effectively an area that is equivalent to modern Switzerland, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Dodge describes every battle that Caesar fought in detail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Caesar October 20, 2006
This is the second book by Dodge I have read and it is as good as the first, which was Hannibal. Mr. Dodge goes into fascinating detail of Caesar's campaigns throughout Gaul, Britain, Germania, and finally along the Dalmatian coast against Pompey. Very detailed not only in military tactics but also the political ramifications Caesar caused on the Roman republic. A very fine read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps The Best On Caesar's Military Campaigns. January 1, 2001
By A Customer
After re-reading this lengthy & detailed work,one thing that is immediately striking is the modernity of the prose,never at the moment sounding anachronistic as the author comprehensively accounts the personality,motives & campaigns of the great & world altering individual.Dodge gives sound opinions on Caesar as a man & general,highlighting his successes & flaws in equal attention & fairness.As a man,he asesses Caesar as kind & generous to friends,ruthless to other nations.This was a man who could forgive military & political foes,but murder half a million people in the space of an afternoon.His summary on Caesar's generalship is of a naturally talented & able man,admirable for the skills which he showed considering the fact that he was never reared for military affairs,but statecraft.He was a man who profited from his mistakes,was cautious & aggresive at the proper moments,but could be unforgivably reckless in the most dire & useless situations.Dodge gives much stress to Caesar's unbelievable good fortune.Not of an aggressive godly nature as an Alexander,nor as brilliant as a Hannibal,Caesar nontheless places himself in the rank of these great captains by his sheer will & unlimited boldness,the reflection of his self which he instilled in his men,a reflection which ensured his legions as the last remnants of Rome's martial glory,& a skill unsurpassed for it's ability to remain consistent & unflinching in the face of seemingly serious & severe drawbacks.Coupled with his literary,political & statecraft accomplishments,Dodge may perhaps rightly call his subject the greatest man of antiquity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and very informative.
Big fan of all Dodge's works. Plenty of diagrams and and explains everything well. This is a must for anyone who wants to know the military history of Caesar.
Published 1 month ago by daniel c driver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but needs translations
The quotes need English translations otherwise good
.also needs better explanation of basic roman organisation and formations. Overall was great.
Published 15 months ago by andrea grcevich
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the author stands second to none in ancient generals
Theodore Dodge know war... he lost his leg in the civil war and went to Europe to study Hannibal, Alexander the great, Caesar along with more recent Napolean and Fredrick the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brandon Manning
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, bad print
The book is very well written as expected from Dodge. But the printing company inhibits the experience. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Liam
3.0 out of 5 stars Controversial
The breadth given into each and every detail of this account of Caesar, brings it to life more than many of the others i have read. Read more
Published on March 1, 2011 by Jayme H. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
This is a very good and interesting book. I have read other books by this author, and they are generally interesting.
Published on June 26, 2006 by Birgitte Maria E. Brydso
4.0 out of 5 stars A Detailed History
This book is for those who enjoy ancient history, with an emphasis on military warfare. Dodge rams enough facts and figures down your throat for understanding, but manages at the... Read more
Published on March 24, 2006 by Dave Megorden
4.0 out of 5 stars Library Adition
I have found this book to be an excellent addition to my library on Roman History with the focus on Julius Caesar
Published on February 17, 2006 by Stella F. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars battle descriptions
This and the Hannibal and Alexander books in the series provide very detailed descriptions of the battles. Read more
Published on July 13, 2001 by a reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put the book down
I have found this to be an excellent account of Ceasars battles, my only criticism is the lack of information on the training and conditioning of the troops. Read more
Published on June 4, 2001 by MK in WV
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