The Conquest of Gaul
'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 Gaul can 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.
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
Book II: The Conquest of the Belgic Tribes
Book III: The First Rebellion
Book IV: Invasions of Germany and Britain
Book V: The Second Rebellion
Book VI: Operations Near the Rhine
Book VII: The Rebellion of Vercingetorix
Book VIII: The Final Rebellion
Glossary of Persons and Places