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  • 11 June 2018
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  1. says:

    This is what I was brought to by a childhood of reading Asterix.Unlike Asterix the injuries aren t restricted to black eyes and broken bones, nor is there a big feast at the end The warfare is savage, and at the end Caesar tumbles into The Civil War that ends the Roman republic.The fighting is savage on both sides One of the Gaulish leaders, Vercingetorix, has the ears cut off or an eye gouged out of his own soldiers even for a minor fault p157 , Roman civilians are massacred on occasion while Caesar in his own account records the extermination of substantial proportions of entire peoples, sells the populations of captured towns in to slavery and in a moment of mercy has a hand of every man captured in one of his last campaigns chopped off to serve as a visual aid to clarify the folly of resisting Rome to the unenlightened Though of course he could have been exaggerating to impress the people back home.Part of the reason for the savagery is logistics Tens of thousands of men roaming round Gaul needed food and fodder It seems that an ad hoc supply network was created p.174 and p.183 to meet Roman needs but in addition the soldiers regularly gathered in crops whenever they could and occasionally cattle Vercingetorix, who led the big campaign against Caesar that involved most of the peoples of Gaul, is reported as realising this and advised that they should carry out a scorched earth defence, abandoning all towns that couldn t be defended against the Romans as well as starting fighting in winter.What is striking about the Romans is their sheer bloodymindedness In the face of overwhelming opposition they fight on Soldiers ford the Thames and the Loire with water to their shoulders expecting to have to fight on the far bank view spoiler the Thames in the past was far wider and shallower than it is today hide spoiler


  2. says:

    In the end, it is impossible not to become what others believe you are Julius CaesarI kept jumping back and forth between my Loeb Classics version of The Gallic War and my Penguin Classics version of The Conquest of Gaul Reading Caesar makes me want to go back and learn Latin the Loeb Classics keep seductively singing to me of the benefits of a Latin education Anyway, I only meant to start the The Conquest of Gaul today, but the compelling narrative of Caesar s Gallic War the record of his battles against Vercingetorix and the other chieftains was just too damn compelling It is hard to underestimate the importance of JC no not THAT JC in terms of military strategy, political acumen, propagandistic spin, and his shrewd combination of prudent warfare and bold action There are certain men who get caught up in history and certain men who make history and Caesar, even without his spin, sits pretty near the top of the heap with those other bermensch who make history.


  3. says:

    Addition The library just purchased the newly published Landmark edition, so I requested it to verify that it is as outstanding as the other volumes in the Landmark series Definitely yes In short, do not accept any substitutes This volume includes Caesar s Gallic War and Civil War, as well as all or parts of three relevant works by unknown authors the Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War Also an excellent and substantial introduction that provides a solid biography, the historical and political context of each work, a critical analysis of its literary purpose and value, and an assessment of reliability In addition there are the Landmark signature features a massive number of notes often half or of a page , a one line summary of the content of every book and chapter up front, running marginal and page top guides, maps, illustrations, a 25 page biographical Who s Who in Caesar, a section of thumbnail biographies of ancient authors, a glossary, an 80 page index, a gazetteer for the maps, and two brief appendices on Roman calendars dates time and on the military I plan on saving up for this because I listened originally Still, I think listening is also a good way to approach the work because it gives you a sense of the literary accomplishment and of the energy and propulsion the man had Listening is as if a cultured veteran officer, back from the wars, were telling you how it went Original review A classic for many reasons.Caesar is, first of all, a masterful writer As so many other reviewers have said, the pace is cracking He offers an adept mix of strategy and tactics discussions, actual battle scenes, politics within his own command, and both military and ethnographic descriptions of the Gauls His timing in switching from one to the other is perfect Caesar is unbelievably visual in the battle scenes Just the words paint an easily understood picture of the terrain and the distribution of the troops.But the part I found most interesting in both this book and The Civil War is the multi tasking, range of skills, and sheer physical work required of the Roman soldier One knows they had to march double time with heavy packs no high tech materials back then and then wield very heavy weapons in battle But they also spent countless days months sometimes building fortifications and siege machines out of massive beams They constructed hundreds of ships twice to attack Britain They would march all day then build miles of earthen barriers with simple tools before they went to bed, or come up with something to block the enemy s options I m sure there were craftsmen who traveled as part of the army to do at least some of this work, but it seems as if the soldiers were kept busy at all times.Which brings us to the quantities of soldiers on both sides I do find the numbers unbelievable Can it be possible that both sides regularly mustered armies in the hundreds of thousands Probably much of this is Caesar s grandstanding The peasants, of course, had to supply the provisions, sometimes paid and often not The role that provisions and water play in strategy and battle plans is omnipresent Also, the different mobility of different parts of the army cavalry, infantry, supplies This looks to be one of those books that requires me to read another book to understand about it in this case, a history of the Roman military This is also an excellent read on leadership Granted this is Caesar s version of things, written for a very specific political purpose But even allowing for a great deal of fiction, the rhetoric of the speeches is very effective and great reading Suggestion you need a good historical atlas and a glossary of military terms if you are going to listen to this, or if your hard copy doesn t have good resources.With regard to the brutality and the massive scale of destruction that apparently leads other reviewers to downgrade the rating for this book The rating is for the writing, not the person Over the past few years I ve read Herodotus, histories ofAlexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, central Asia, and the Byzantine Empire, and novels about the Spanish inquisition, World War I, World War II, and the Spanish Civil War Next up The Thirty Years War Men are frequently mass murderers They probably always will be Yes, Caesar ordered his soldiers to kill hundreds of thousands of people At least tens of thousands of his soldiers were killed But if he hadn t someone else would have We just don t read very many memoirs of people who admit it.


  4. says:

    Nothing better represents Caesar s understanding of how to play upon the hopes and joys of man than the fact that he was able to turn a few hundred pages of troop movements into a thoughtful, engrossing narrative We read not only Caesar s thoughts and intentions in the work, but also gain an invaluable view of Roman politics In his own words, Caesar sets the scene for the events which soon overtook the empire and captured the imagination of western literature for thousands of years to come.If the secret to enjoying Tolkien is skipping all the poetry and troop movements, I never thought this reflected poorly on poetry as an art, but I must admit I never realized that there was an art to the military memoir to reflect poorly on I shall have to do my best to remedy this, though whether there are accounts which equal Caesar s in elegance and focus, I remain in doubt.


  5. says:

    C sar es obligado en contra de su forma de ser a llevarlo al suplicio ante la enorme afluencia de soldados, quienes le echaban en cara todos los peligros y p rdidas sufridas por la guerra , de manera que su cuerpo azotado hasta la muerte fue decapitado por el hacha Me encant haber podido leer esta obra que tambi n no s cu ntas veces lo he dicho conoc por Rojo y Negro Julio C sar, el romano m s famoso de la historia, cuenta en un estilo directo, conciso y extraordinario la campa a contra la Galia, territorio correspondiente casi de la actual Francia, B lgica, Holanda, Suiza y algo de Alemania, un territorio considerado ocupado por b rbaros y que fue sometido por Roma Entre las cosas por las que me gust fue que C sar habla de los territorios actuales de Francia pero de hace miles de a os donde el r o Sena se llamaba S cuana, se habla por primera vez de los parisios derivaci n posterior de parisinos y de muchos lugares franceses a los cuales yo les tengo aprecio El leer por la pluma de C sar de estos territorios y transportarse a las acciones legendarias de esa poca por los romanos y galos fue para m una experiencia sensacional.Estos comentarios a la Guerra de las Galias tiene un af n publicitario probablemente para el mismo C sar, el cual no muy despu s emprender la guerra civil contra Pompeyo, pero el legado para la humanidad, el estilo de lat n tan depurado y las acciones que narra hacen olvidar ese detalle C sar nos cuenta sus planes durante todo el relato, se da tiempo para hacer descripciones amplias de los pueblos b rbaros, sus costumbres, sus l deres, su geograf a, Etc a la hora de hablar de las acciones b licas es descriptivo y muy cr tico, habla de los errores de los romanos, no deja de hablar de los momentos en los que los suyos tuvieron miedo o se comportaron mal, pero tambi n alaba la calidad de sus tropas, la lealtad de sus centuriones, legados o generales Se siente el honor y el esp ritu que hizo tan grande a Roma, en sus batallas, discursos, diligencias, constancia pero tambi n en su impasibilidad e incluso crueldad en algunas acciones contra los b rbaros.El asalto de Alesia, episodio legendario de la Guerra de las Galias, es contado no s lo como haza a b lica sino como c lculo y juego de inteligencias muy bien orquestado por C sar para someter a sus enemigos como el fiero Vercing torix Nunca deja C sar que los b rbaros crean a Roma vencida, no les da respiro y as mismo sus lugartenientes conocen su voluntad C sar estuvo siempre cerca de sus soldados lo que le gan un gran prestigio y su lealtad a ciegas.Esta obra se dice que se usa para ense ar lat n por su excelente dicci n y esta edici n de C tedra vale su peso en oro pues tiene tambi n la obra en el lat n original Un 5 estrellas bien merecido.


  6. says:

    In his excellent intro to his translation of this text, Handford gives the reader a good glimpse of just how exceptional a person Julius Caesar was Incomparable field general, adept politician, accomplished statesman, a very real care for the advancement of Roman civilization improvements for its citizens AND the dude can write No other great general of antiquity has left us his own accounts of his campaigns, Handford writes, and it is doubtful if any other great general, of any age or country, has possessed Caesar s literary talent History is certainly written by the victors, but at least Julius knows how to keep the reader engaged Military histories aren t for everyone, but if you have even a passing interest in the how and why Caesar subdued the middle of the continent, this is worth a read Although it doesn t take a lot of imagination to see where Caesar is weaving Roman propoganda 2000 years in the future it doesn t ache to read as it might perusing the current day headlines of a relatable empire Nothing new under the sun.Vollmann refers many times to this and The Civil Wars in his RUaRD opus reading this provided me some helpful bedrock for continuing my education through those books.


  7. says:

    Not only was Caesar a master self promoter and consummate politician, but he could wield the pen with a stylistic flourish The Gallic Wars hums along in double time, marching the reader through the entire lengthy invasion and pacification campaign of non Narbonensis Gaul Really, Caesar offers it all a foretaste of the Caesarian Cycle in the story of the migratory horde of the Helvetii and their fiercely contested clash with the Roman will, resulting in a thorough Julian chastisement then a perfect antagonist in the Teutonic, forest limned arrogance of the Suebi chieftain Ariovistus and his sanguinary Germanic warriors the can t be improved upon anecdote of Caesar s masterful pre battle speech lauding the mighty Tenth Legion and then rip roaring carnage and slaughter, with the inevitable save once only climax of Caesar emerging victorious over a humbled, devastated enemy As the ambitious Roman proconsul mows down the Gallic opposition subduing the ferocious and bellicose Belgae, invading Britain, quashing seasonal rebellions and uprisings, sampling Gallic feminine and masculine charms the Romanization of the long haired Celts proceeds The Gallic subjugation reaches its apogee in the tense, fascinating details of the mass rebellion of the Gauls under the leadership of Vercingetorix and the infamous double ringed siege of Alesia The Gauls fortified inside the aforementioned stronghold and aided by a huge relief force from the hinterlands came this close to giving Caesar a spanking alas, for the Big Hair Gauls it wasn t to be To the accompaniment of mournful power ballads, the mighty Roman general crushed his opponents, packaged Vercingetorix off to Rome in chains, and departed anon, leaving the remaining mopping up to various loyal military tribunes.Now, did Caesar polish his image in this third person conceit of historic revisionism Of course he did it still doesn t take away from his masterful ability to describe such a wide ranging undertaking in succinct and entertaining prose Of particular interest to me were the sparse details of his lieutenant, the enigmatic but talented Titus Labienus, who faithfully served as the proconsul s right hand man throughout the Gallic campaigns overseeing winter quarters and conducting several punitive expeditions against tribal revolts only to flee and eventually lose both battles and his life to the camp of Pompey the Great in the upcoming Civil War Under Caesar, he could do no wrong when set against him, everything fell apart and Labienus undoubted skill and ability diminished itself right up until he perished in Spain The bottom line is that ancient history written from the perspective however self serving of one who was there just doesn t get any better than this.


  8. says:

    Having taken three years of high school Latin, fifty years later, a couple of years ago, I decided to relearn my Latin and begin reading works of classical antiquity in their original languages I ve not yet made it to learning Greek, but the Latin is progressing Most students of Latin will recall having read Caesar s The Gallic War as their first literary work I found that what I read then was both abbreviated and heavily edited Now I ve read the work in its entirety, and it has been great fun Caesar s style is straightforward and uses clear and generally simple syntax, and that it why it is often a good starting point for students It is also historically fascinating and provides a clear account of the events leading up to the Civil War, if admittedly from Caesar s own perspective Reading the work in the Loeb Classical Library edition was wise, since the English translation on the facing page made checking my understanding easy actually I found that less and less did I need to review the English translation, especially because, as the work progressed, I was simply reading the Latin and not needing to translate it at all Volumes in the Loeb Classical Library series are a bit pricey, usually about 25, but since it took me several months to finish this volume, it worked out to be a reasonable bargain On to Cicero


  9. says:

    Sublimely lucid and rich in detail without going off on tangents.


  10. says:

    I think this book is worth reading and pondering since it s written by one of the famous Roman generals and statesmen in Latin Long time ago I first read his decisive quote, I came, I saw, I conquered Veni, vidi, vici somewhere with awe and wondered who said this and why We can still read about him in innumerable biographies nowadays even though he lived 2,000 years ago From this book, I think Julius Caesar was a leader of genius due to his wit, character and leadership Some excerpts Nevertheless, Caesar made active preparations for an expedition to Britain, because he knew that in almost all the Gallic campaigns the Gauls had received reinforcements from the Britons Even if there was not time for a campaign that season, he thought it would be of great advantage to him merely to visit the island, to see what its inhabitants were like, and to make himself acquainted with the lie of the land, the harbours, and the landing places p 119 He saw with astonishment the towers, sappers huts, and earthworks constructed by the Gauls, and, when Cicero s legion was paraded, found that not one man in ten remained unwounded He was thus able to realize how grave the peril had been, and with what resolution had been conducted He gave Cicero the high praise he deserved, congratulated the whole legion, and spoke individually to the centurions and military tribunes who were mentioned by Cicero as having specially distinguished themselves p 157 Much as I admire the heroism that you showed, he went on, in refusing to be daunted by a fortified camp, a high mountain, and a walled fortress, I cannot too strongly condemn your bad discipline and your presumption in thinking that you know better than your commander in chief how to win a victory or to foresee the results of an action I want obedience and self restraint from my soldiers, just as much as courage in the face of danger p 210 I m quite sure there are still some new The Conquest of Gaul translations published for interested readers to read but this one finely translated by S A Handford is understandable because of his idiomatic translation allows modern readers to grasp the full sense of Caesar s exciting account back cover Therefore, I think this is enough for those who can t read Latin In a word, we can learn from him when we read his account rather than his biographies.

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