The Civil War Together with The Alexandrian War, The African War, and The Spanish War by other Hands by CEASAR Translated with an Introduction by Jane F. Gardner.
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DESCRIPTION: Hardback with Dust Jacket: 360 pages. Publisher: Dorset Press; (1985). Gaius Julius Caesar was born in 100 B.C. into one of the oldest families in Rome. His family had opposed the patrician Senatorial oligarchy, and Caesar followed suit by supporting the “popular” side in politics. His rapid advancement to the newly created perpetual dictatorship of Rome made him one of the most controversial figures in ancient history. “The Civil War” traces Caesar’s swift rise to power, beginning with intransigence at Rome and taking us to the start of the Alexandrian War in the Fall of 48 B.C. His terse and restrained style elegantly conceals the true propagandist aim of his writing. While recounting history he seeks to present himself in the best possible perspective. He deliberately omits many of his setbacks and discreditable actions, and frequently points out examples of dishonorable behavior by his enemies. In his “Commentaries”, Caesar tells how he crossed the Rubicon with his Cisalpine Legions, entered Rome, subdued Spain, defeated Pompey at Pharsalus and installed Cleopatra on the throne of Egypt. Despite all his efforts to improve the honesty and efficiency of the government, his taste for autocratic rule made him too many bitter enemies. A conspiracy was hatched, and Caesar was assassinated in March 44 B.C., less than a year after he had assumed the dictatorship of Rome. This edition of “The Civil War” includes three accounts allegedly written by his lieutenants: “The Alexandrian War”, “The African War”, and “The Spanish War”. The books includes many illustrations, appendixes, a Glossary of Persons and Places, and maps and sketch plans.
CONDITION: LIKE NEW. NEW. Unread (but not unblemished) hardcover w/dustjacket. Dorset/Penguin
(1986) 360 pages. Inside the book is pristine; pages clean, crisp,
unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread and unmarked; EXCEPT
there is a bookstore (price/inventory code) stamp at the top edge of
the front end paper, the first blank, unprinted page in the book.
ALSO if you examine the book intently you will notice one very small
(under 1/2*1/4 inch) coffee splash/stain to the fore-edge surface of
the closed page edges, and a few minute (speckle-sized) pale tan
"dots" to the top surface of the closed page edges which may also
(possibly) have the same origin? They're very faint, very tiny,
barely perceptible. The little spots are visible only when book is
closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page
edges, and of course there is absolutely no damage to the inside of
the book, just these very tiny spots to the closed page edges. The
dustjacket and quarter cloth covers evidence only very mild edge and
corner shelfwear. However the spine of the dustjacket is sun-faded
from brown to turquoise blue. The dustjackety is otherwise
unblemished except that it evidences light rubbing (the jacket is
high gloss black and burgundy and so if you hold it up to a light
source and examine it intently, it shows slight rub marks even merely
from being shelved between other books). The condition of the book is
approximate or close to what would otherwise pass as "new", but
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(such as Barnes & Noble, or B. Dalton, for instance) wherein patrons
are permitted to browse open stock (and drink tea or coffee), and so
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show handling/shelf/browsing wear. Though the book possesses a number
of blemishes, as described, they are entirely superficial and
cosmetic in nature. The book is otherwise "new" in the sense that it
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REVIEW: Gaius Julius Caesar was born in 100 B.C. into an ancient patrician family. He was an adolescent during the period of the proscription of Marius (his father’s brother-in-law), the dictatorship of Sulla and the early career of Pompey. His family was traditionally against the patrician senatorial oligarchy and Caesar followed suit. He was imprisoned for a short time by Sulla, but managed to maintain good relations with the nobles for ten years after his release. He was even co-opted into the College of Priests in 73 B.C. During the sixties he advanced through the senatorial cursus to the rank of Praetor, while supporting the “popular” side in politics. In 60 B.C. he formed with Pompey and Crassus the combination known to us as the “First Triumvirate”, to overcome conservative senatorial opposite, and he was elected Consul for 59 B.C.
Caesar was then created Governor to Transalpine Gaul, a task which was to occupy him for nine years. He had left the two triumvirs to safeguard his interests in Rome, but they had many differences and met in 56 B.C. in an attempt to resolve them. Pompey was appointed sole consul in 52 B.C. after the death of Crassus, which resulted in civil war and the defeat of the Pompeian faction in Spain in 45 B.C. Caesar came back to Rome as dictator. He tried to improve conditions for the Roman citizen and increase the honesty and efficiency of the government. His dictatorship was declared perpetual in February of 44 B.C., but his many bitter enemies hatched a conspiracy and assassinated him in March 44 B.C.
REVIEW: A military leader of legendary genius, Caesar was also a great writer, recording the events of his life with 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. An engrossing read and highly recommended!
REVIEW: Like his "Gallic War," Julius Caesar's account of the civil war between himself and Pompey has been called propaganda (he does speak of himself in the third person after all), written intermittently by a very busy man engaged in many other "affairs", to justify himself and his actions to the Senate and people of Rome. If this is so I would happily cast my vote for any candidate who could write with such lucidity and straightforward style, even if that candidate harbored imperial aspirations of his own. This book is absolutely awesome in its historical significance and in the way it reads. Caesar was not only a great warrior, and leader, but a darn good writer as well.
REVIEW: As a direct source this book is valuable and needed. It is an account of the civil war that had to happen with two such colossal egos as Caesar and Pompey. This is a less famous episode than the Octavian-Anthony war, but just as important, as it laid the ground for the appointment of a dictator which eventually evolved into the position of emperor, and also Caesars death. Not as well written or as clear as Caesars commentaries from Gaul, but give a clearer insight into the divisions in Roman politics, as others are thought to have contributed to the writings. A great follow up to Caesars commentaries from Gaul. One thing I can say is that you get a first hand look at what Caesar must have been like. The book clearly shows his side in the most favorable light, not surprising of course as Caesar wrote it himself.
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