The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on the Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Gallic War The Gallic War, published on the eve of the civil war which led to the end of the Roman Republic, is an autobiographical account written by one of the most famous figures of European history. On one level a straightforward narrative of the campaigns Caesar fought against the Gauls, Germans and Britons, it also serves a deeper political purpose, revealing him as a commander of breathtaking flair, c...
- Published: 15 June 2008
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199540266 ISBN 10: 0199540268
- Sales rank: 74,835
Reviews for The Gallic War
Who said the classics were boring
I confess. I was amazed, how a book written over 2.000 years ago could be written in such a clear and compelling manner.
But, why be amazed? was not this text written by Caesar primarily as a propaganda tool?!!, (or so they say). Let me tell you that he did a great job on that.
I will not comment on the brutality and cruelty of the war and the actions taken by all sides involved, there are things that never change, but this is definitely a narrative that deserves to be in one's library.
The quality of the accompanying notes and commentaries from Carolyn Hammond do not compromise this edition by Oxford World's Classics, by the contrary, they provide for the additional understanding and background needed to fully appreciate Caesar text.
Who nows when I will give a try to "The Civil War" by JDP