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The War Commentaries of Caesar (Meridian Classics) Paperback – March 1, 1987
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Upon being appointed governor of the Roman province of Gaul, which consisted of northern Italy and the Mediterranean coast of France, Caesar proceeded to rapidly conquer the rest of Gaul, making all of continental Europe west of the Rhine part of the Roman Empire. He defeated numerous Gallic and Germanic tribes whose armies greatly outnumbered his own legions. How did he do this? Well, if you believe Caesar, who might have been just a bit biased, his devoted legions followed his every command, defeated the Gallic armies, and inspired the Gauls to become his equally devoted subjects. At least, this is what Caesar hoped the Senate and people of Rome would believe after reading his Commentaries. Caesar's political career notwithstanding, his conquest of Gaul was a remarkable accomplishment from which we might learn a few lessons applicable in today's world:
1. Never fight a battle to obtain goals you could achieve by peaceful means.Read more ›
This one is a handy carry-in-you-pocket type, and I like it especially because it contains all three books. I do not care for this translation as much, though, and my biggest complaint is the weak maps and the total lack of an index to proper names. This would be good for someone who wants to read a slightly easier translation of Caesar's works than the Penguin version (my personal favorite) or for someone seeking the convenience of all of Caesar's/psuedo-Caesar's works in one little book.
You will be reading material that was written over two thousand years ago, and by one of histories greatest commanders. That makes this book worth a lot more then five stars.
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The last time I read Caesar's 'Commentaries' was in High School Latin class many years ago. Struggling with the translation, I lost most of the sense of the story. Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by Ron Braithwaite
As I write this there is only one other review, and it is excellent. I could not possibly improve on it so I won't even try. Read morePublished on May 20, 2009 by Leona S. Hill