The Conquest of Gaul

The Conquest of Gaul


Translator: S. A. Handford
Revised by: Jane P. Gardner
Introduction by: Jane P. Gardner

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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444339
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The enemy were overpowered and took to flight. The Romans pursued as far as their strength enabled them to run’

Between 58 and 50 BC Julius Caesar conquered most of the area now covered by France, Belgium and Switzerland, and invaded Britain twice, and The Conquest of Gaul is his record of these campaigns. Caesar’s narrative offers insights into his military strategy and paints a fascinating picture of his encounters with the inhabitants of Gaul and Britain, as well as lively portraits of the rebel leader Vercingetorix and other Gallic chieftains. The Conquest of Gaulcan also be read as a piece of political propaganda, as Caesar sets down his version of events for the Roman public, knowing he faces civil war on his return to Rome.

Revised and updated by Jane Gardner, S. A. Handford’s translation brings Caesar’s lucid and exciting account to life for modern readers. This volume includes a glossary of persons and places, maps, appendices and suggestions for further reading.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Roman politics in the late Republic
2. Gaul and its inhabitants
3. The course of the war
4. Caesar the man
5. Caesar as author
6. Preface to second edition
Suggestions for Further Reading

Caesar the Conquest of Gaul

Book I: The Expulsion of Intruders
1. Repulse of the Helvetii (58 B.C.)
2. Expulsion of Ariovistus from Gaul (58 B.C)

Book II: The Conquest of the Belgic Tribes
1. Collapse of the Belgic coalition (57 B.C.)
2. Piecemeal conquest of the Belgic tirbes (57 B.C.)

Book III: The First Rebellion
1. Unsuccessful campaign in the Alps (57 B.C.)
2. The fight on the Atlantic coast (56 B.C.)
3. Victorious campaign in Aquitania (56 B.C.)
4. Indecisive campaign against the Morini (56 B.C.)

Book IV: Invasions of Germany and Britain
1. Massacre of the Usipetes and Tenctheri (55 B.C.)
2. The first crossing of the Rhine (55 B.C.)
3. The first invasion of Britain (55 B.C.)

Book V: The Second Rebellion
1. The second invasion of Britain (54 B.C.)
2. Destruction of Sabinus’ army by the Eburones (54 B.C.)
3. Attack by the Nervii on Cicero’s winter camp (54 B.C.)
4. Widespread revolts in northern and central Gaul (54-53 B.C.)

Book VI: Operations Near the Rhine
1. The Treveri routed (53 B.C.)
2. The second crossing of the Rhine (53 B.C.)
3. Customs and institutions of the Gauls
4. Customs and institutions of the Germans
5. Devastation of the country of the Eburones (53 B.C.)

Book VII: The Rebellion of Vercingetorix
1. The opening stage (52 B.C.)
2. Siege and capture of Avaricum (52 B.C.)
3. Roman reverse at Gergovia (52 B.C.)
4. Vercingetorix’s defeat in open warfare (52 B.C.)
5. Siege and capture of Alesia (52 B.C.)

Book VIII: The Final Rebellion
1. Hirtius’ preface
2. Revolts of the Bituriges, Carnutes and Bellovaci (52-51 B.C.)
3. The last encounters; capture of Uxellodunum (51 B.C.)
4. Civil war impends

Notes
Appendices
I. The Text
II. The Roman Army
III. Chronological Outline of the Career of Caesar

Glossary of Persons and Places
Index to Maps
Maps:
1. Northern Gaul
2. Southern Gaul
3. Principal tribes of South-east Britain
4. The siege of Alesia

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