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VINE VOICEon July 31, 2011
Julius Caesar was one of the greatest military and political minds who ever lived. Reading Caesar's Gallic war memoirs a second time after the passage of nearly 50 years was a great reading experience for me. I first read it in my high school Latin class in the early 1960s, but most of what I had remembered was the Latin words and grammar, rather than the narrative itself. Caesar knew how to tell a rip-roaring adventure story. More than two millennia later his story is still exciting, with vivid descriptions of battles and the character of his adversaries, as well as enlightening explanations of why he used the particular strategies that he did. Of course he had a political motivation for writing his story the way he did, which makes the book even more complex and interesting. I'd strongly recommend reading this book in tandem with Machiavelli's THE PRINCE just to show how mutually supportive both books are. I basically liked the translation, despite the amusing Britishisms. (Example: "There were only five hundred of them, but the mere fact that German aid had come was enough to make these natives cock-a-hoop.") But I know how deadly some Latin translations can be when the translator sticks too closely to the Latin grammar. This translation is very readable with excellent notes by translator S.A. Handford and editor Jane Gardner. My only real complaint is that the maps at the back of the book are not nearly detailed enough to really be useful. This generally is considered one of the most important books ever written for many reasons. I'd recommend this translation, but I'd also suggest getting Chris Scarre's THE PENGUIN HISTORICAL ATLAS OF ANCIENT ROME, to enhance and further clarify the experience. Five stars.
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on January 12, 2017
Thought this was going to be translated from the original works but it is not...
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on February 28, 2017
In less than perfect condition.
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on May 12, 2016
Kid needed this for school.
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on December 18, 2016
I was heartbroken when we received this book. We ordered it as a Christmas gift for our son, a very humble young man who never asks for anything, except this book IN LATIN! It IS NOT in Latin, although the official Amazon review rants about how it is a standard text for teaching Latin! DELIBERATE MISDIRECTION??? It only gets one star for the price, otherwise it is a complete and utter failure - ZERO!
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on March 29, 2013
The Conquest of Gaul, by Julius Caesar describes his actions in what is now France. He carefully describes tribes that still exist in some form in Europe today, the Belgica, the Helvetii, etc. are still recognizable nations.

What is overall surprising is that the Gauls are so technologically advanced. In one case they undermine a Roman garrison as they are "familiar with underground works."

On the whole though, the book appears as a self serving political tool. Caesar writes about killing a whopping number of Gauls in between harvesting grain, marching around, and building camps.

Unlike The Wars of the Jews-where siege engines are the main weapon, in Gaul the Roman Infantry and their swords win the day in open plain maneuver.

A great glimpse into the political, economic, and military aspects of ancient North-West Europe.
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on October 2, 2013
I read it on Kindle but had to have a hard copy to write in the margins. If you love ancient warfare then this is a must for your library.
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on February 26, 2014
I was surprised to find it so readable, even if Caesar's account of things must be taken with skepticism. Smooth, flowing translation
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on January 20, 2015
Great read, the similarities to modern politics are stunning!!!
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on May 22, 2016
Boooorrinnngggg
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