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FREE PDF Æ BOOK The Civil War of Caesar Þ ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ The Civil War of Caesar (Penguin Classics) By Join or create book clubs ✸ – A military leader of legendary genius Caesar was also a great writer recording the events of his life with incomparable immediacy and power The Civil War iIc literature in the English speaking world Withthan 1700 titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to date translations by award winning translator This review deals with the Loeb edition ‘The Civil Wars’ ascribed to Julius Caesar with some degree of confidence and translated by A C Peskett 1914The truism that ‘History is written by the victors’ is certainly illustrated by this book Caesar always manages to get himself out of tight corners although subordinates eg Curio sometimes suffer disaster Sometimes self justification produces some very ‘awkward’ Latin however Caesar is trying to describe CONTEMPORANEOUS strugglesBook 3 culminates in the destruction of the Pompeian cause at Pharsalus 9 Aug 48 B C and so from the start naturally #3 6 PP 199 203 details the awesome strength of Pompey’s forces just to make victory even laudatory This also may explain the unusually deprecatory admissions marking this book In 60 P279 his leniency with Raucillus and Egus allows them to desert to Pompey with intelligence which leads to defeat at Dyrrhachium 30 May 48 BC although note how in #61 he stresses how uniue such desertion was In #66 P289 he is twice guarded about his mistakes ‘changing his plans for certain reasons’ though defeats sometimes being caused ‘vitio ducis’ #72 is followed by the assertion to his troops that defeat was due ‘to the fault of anyone rather than himself’ #73 P290 He then berates them to the point of them feeling guilty – thereby driving them to greater on the battlefield to show his misjudgementThe account of Pharsalus itself is brilliant The stupidity of Pompey’s tactics the sudden pause in the charge of the fourth line #93 P 329 which really won the battle and the collapse of the Pompeians One minor point; count up the number of military units and the number of participants Caesar records and you may be surprised how small some legions might actually be no 6000106 100 men in a century One matter of no surprise is the glossing over of Cleopatra at the end as in ‘The Alexandrine War’ – a seuel to this workRegarding the translation I was somewhat irritated by constant use of the Present Simple accurately reproducing Caesar’s own style but that’s a uirk of mine Sometimes the translation trying to follow the original appears to be struggling egin Book 2 #31 on PP169 71 Occasionally he adds to the existing material – in Book 3 ‘militumue deditione ad Curictam’ #10 P208 becomes ‘and the surrender of Antonius and his troops at Curicta’; this refers to the defeat in 49 BC of C Antonius which is not described in the surviving version of Book 2 However the ‘extra bits’ aren’t so useful to anybody trying to follow the Latin word for word Overall though 5 stars

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A military leader of legendary genius Caesar was also a great writer recording the events of his life with incomparable immediacy and power The Civil War is a tense and gripping depiction of his struggle with Pompey over the leadership of Republican Rome a conflict that spanned the entire Roman world from Gaul and Spain to Asia and Africa Where Caesar's own account leaves off in 48 BC The Civil War is essential reading for classicists In some ways accurate than Suetonius and other Roman historians it provides a first hand account of the battles between Pompey and Caesar that marked the first Roman civil warBut almost to the page it is simply a description of the tactics happenstances and results of battle after battle No personalities emerge amidst this bloodbath There are no themes as In Thucydides unless you count the constant defense and promotion of Caesar’s causeAs for the cause it seems one of history’s “great men” fought a war around the whole of the Mediterranean mainly for his personal safety and status The number of soldiers who perished in this exercise is uncountableIf you want to read a work of Caesar’s that does not simply focus on the details of battles I would recommend the Gallic war There is of Caesar’s personality and a richer description of ancient peoplesCaesar’s Civil War is a must for classicists For the rest of us a safe pass

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The Civil War of Caesar Penguin ClassicsHis lieutenants take up the history describing the vital battles of Munda Spain and Thapsus and the installation of Cleopatra later Caesar's mistress as ueen of Egypt Together these narratives paint a full picture of the events that brought Caesar supreme power and paved the way for his assassination only months laterForthan seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of class This book has clearly never been read It's like new Bargain price Thank you Richard in Dallas