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Caesar's Civil War 49-44 BC (Essential Histories) Hardcover – October 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0415968591 ISBN-10: 0415968593 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Essential Histories
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415968593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415968591
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,326,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Goldsworthy was born in 1969 in Cardiff. He was educated in Penarth and then read Ancient and Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford, where he subsequently completed his doctorate in ancient history. His D.Phil. Thesis was the basis for his first book, The Roman Army At War 100 BC - AD 200, which looked at how the Roman army actually operated on campaign and in battle.

For several years he taught in a number of universities, and began to write for a wider audience. A succession of books followed dealing with aspects of ancient military history, including Roman Warfare, The Punic Wars (which was later re-issued as the Fall of Carthage), Cannae, In the Name of Rome and the Complete Roman Army. More recently he has looked at wider themes, combining the military focus with discussion of politics and society in a biography of Caesar, and a study of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, titled How Rome Fell (although released in the UK as The Fall of the West). His latest book is a paired biography of Antony and Cleopatra.

He is now a full time writer, and no longer teaches, although he is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle. However, he frequently gives one off lectures and talks both to universities and other groups in the UK, USA, Canada, and Europe. In the last couple of years audiences have included local history societies, graduates and undergraduates in a range of countries, the cadets of VMI, and the distinguished cast of a new production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. He frequently appears as a talking head or presenter in TV documentaries and has acted as consultant on both documentaries and dramas. He will appear in six of the eight episodes of the forthcoming When Rome ruled series for National Geographic. He often appears on radio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maximiliano F Yofre on November 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As I say in my Amazon's AYA page I'm a history buff. Caesar is one of my favorite historical characters. I've read his "Commentaries" and "The Civil War", Suetonius' "The Twelve Caesars", Plutarch's "Lives" and a score of contemporary books about his life.
After reading Kate Gilliver's "Caesar's Gallic Wars" in this same collection I went for this volume.

I wasn't disappointed. Osprey's Essential History is a great resource (and the present is a reprint from Routledge UK) for History "aficionados", in a very compact book series with excellent presentation, first quality paper and nice reproductions gives the reader a succinct and complete view of the subject.

This is a great resume of the Roman Civil War (49 - 44 BC). In only 96 pages (the customary format) Adrian Goldsworthy gives a complete, clear and accurate picture.
Maps of all main battles are wonderful and detailed, helping to understand the positioning and evolution of the confronting forces.

Mr. Goldsworthy starts with a synopsis of the events preceding the break out of the war, the different actors, the balance of power and the political situation of the last days of the Republic. Continue with a description of Roman's Legion, composition, leadership style and combat doctrine. Next he focuses on the Civil War itself, starting with the Rubicon crossing till the final battle of Munda.
Jumping from the general picture to the intimacies of "real people", the author reconstruct the experiences of a Centurion, Cicero and Caesar himself; putting the reader in touch with "everyday" occurrences.
Finally a short description of what happened after Caesar's murder is given completing the picture of those turbulent days.
As a bonus Mr. Goldsworthy provides thumbnail bios of main characters.
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