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De Bello Gallico and Other Commentaries

By Caesar, Caius Julius

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Title: De Bello Gallico and Other Commentaries  
Author: Caesar, Caius Julius
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Caesar, C. J. (n.d.). De Bello Gallico and Other Commentaries. Retrieved from http://worldpubliclibrary.org/


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Introduction: BY THOMAS DE QUINCEY. The character of the First Caesar has perhaps never been worse appreciated than by him who in one sense described it best; that is, with most force and eloquence wherever he really did comprehend it. This was Lucan, who has nowhere exhibited more brilliant rhetoric, nor wandered more from the truth, than in the contrasted portraits of Caesar and Pompey. The famous line, ?Nil actum reputans si quid superesset agendum,? is a fine feature of the real character, finely expressed. But, if it had been Lucan?s purpose (as possibly, with a view to Pompey?s benefit, in some respects it was) utterly and extravagantly to falsify the character of the great Dictator, by no single trait could he more effectually have fulfilled that purpose, nor in fewer words, than by this expressive passage, ?Gaudensque viam fecisse ruina.? Such a trait would be almost extravagant applied even to Marius, who (though in many respects a perfect model of Roman grandeur, massy, columnar, imperturbable, and more perhaps than any one man recorded in History capable of justifying the bold illustration of that character in Horace, ?Si fractus illabatur orbis, impavidum ferient ruinae?) had, however, a ferocity in his character, and a touch of the devil in him, very rarely united with the same tranquil intrepidity.

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Table of Contents: De Bello Gallico and Other Commentaries, 1 -- Caius Julius Caesar, 1 -- Introduction, 2 -- THE WAR IN GAUL, 10 -- BOOK I, 10 -- BOOK II, 26 -- BOOK III, 34 -- BOOK IV, 41 -- BOOK V, 50 -- BOOK VI, 65 -- BOOK VII, 76 -- BOOK VIII. CONTINUATION OF CAESAR'S GALLIC WAR ASCRIBED TO AULUS HIRTIUS, 99 -- BOOK II, 133 -- BOOK III, 145 -- INDEX, 174

 

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