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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 by [Dodge, Theodore Ayrault]
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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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  • File Size: 10738 KB
  • Print Length: 818 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0306807874
  • Publisher: Tales End Press (August 9, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 9, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084QYF76
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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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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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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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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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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 great.. So utterly dedicated to his work he visited almost every battle field. he has light sketches in all his volumes, EXTREMLY EASY to get the main picture of battle and topography allowing even the most elementary reader to learn advanced tactics and strategies.

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.
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