Caesars War Commentaries Caius Iulius Caesar


Published: 1958


304 pages


Caesars War Commentaries  by  Caius Iulius Caesar

Caesars War Commentaries by Caius Iulius Caesar
1958 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: | 3.75 Mb

This is a mainstay in the teaching of Latin in School Children as it is simple, direct prose. In discussing this book with my some members of my family, my husband said he read it in Latin when he was in elementary school in Greece. He said when he was young he could read and write Latin as well as he could Greek. My sister remembers reading it and having to translate it in her Latin class in high school. But I do not remember reading it. I only took Latin for one year then we moved and the next school did not teach Latin.

(The problems of frequent moving as a military brat)The Commentaries is Julius Caesar’s firsthand account of the Gallic Wars. It is written as a third person narrative. Caesar describes the battle and intrigues that took place in the nine years he spent fighting local armies in Gaul. What amazes me is that I am reading something written over two thousand years ago by one of histories greatest military commanders.

Needless to say I am reading a translated edition but to have a book survived this long is amazing and it is still being read today. I can just picture Caesar sitting in his tent after a day of battle writing his book.Gaul is what today we know as France, Belgium and part of Switzerland.

The Helvetii from Switzerland were feeling constricted in their valley so they started migrating over into what was a northern Roman province. Caesar pushed them back into their traditional land. Then King Ariovistus along with some Germanic mercenaries try to move into Italy and again Caesar ventured out to meet them and so it goes for nine years.The book is interesting in its descriptions of Gaulish customs, religion and the comparison between the Gaul and Germanic peoples.

The geography descriptions I found interesting also. Overall I enjoyed the book but even after reading it I still cannot remember if I read it in elementary or high school. I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible. Charlton Griffin did a good job narrating the book.

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