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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
The 1st 100 pages consist of the classes ranks and types of troops involved in the volume of his general as well as the enemies of his biographies general. then siege equipment of the area, naval vessels, what separates greek from roman from phalanx to carthaginian. In his alexander volume he explains why the Macedon phalanx conquered all the greeks.
As for Mr. Julias ceaser, what a fine piece of work he has done. Explaining how the troops in ceasars days whent from being roman citizens to recruited babarians and allies trained as legions, any biography on ceaser will tell you he recruited his troops from allied gauls. He gets into ceasars rise to military status in a fairly quick but in depth summary. from there its chapter after chapter of ambushes battles, siege construction, ceasars famously built bridge to repel the germans made in 10 days. How putting pallisades in his battlfields protected his flanks, "a fairly new idea then", such as palisades to evade Calvary and so, so much more.
The Author in this books literary skills rival the generals he modeled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
History is fun and interesting, but there is such a thing as too much information for two thousand year old events. Read morePublished 10 months ago by John T McInerney
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 16 months ago by daniel c driver
The quotes need English translations otherwise good
.also needs better explanation of basic roman organisation and formations. Overall was great.
The book is very well written as expected from Dodge. But the printing company inhibits the experience. Read morePublished on April 8, 2012 by Liam
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 morePublished on March 1, 2011 by Jayme H. Davis
This is the second book by Dodge I have read and it is as good as the first, which was Hannibal. Mr. Read morePublished on October 20, 2006 by Daniel R. Marcelain
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