By Andrew M. Riggsby
Anyone who has even a passing acquaintance with Latin is aware "Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres" ("All Gaul is split into 3 parts"), the outlet line of De Bello Gallico, Julius Caesar's well-known observation on his campaigns opposed to the Gauls within the 50s BC. yet what did Caesar intend to complete by means of writing and publishing his commentaries, how did he pass approximately it, and what possibly unexpected outcomes did his writing have? those are the questions that Andrew Riggsby pursues during this clean interpretation of 1 of the masterworks of Latin prose.
Riggsby makes use of modern literary tips on how to research the historic impression that the commentaries had at the Roman studying public. within the first a part of his examine, Riggsby considers how Caesar outlined Roman identification and its courting to non-Roman others. He indicates how Caesar opens up a potential imaginative and prescient of the political destiny during which the excellence among Roman and non-Roman turns into less significant due to their joint submission to a Caesar-like chief. within the moment half, Riggsby analyzes Caesar's political self-fashioning and the aptitude results of his writing and publishing the Gallic War. He unearths how Caesar provides himself as a subtly new form of Roman common who merits credits not just for his personal virtues, yet for these of his infantrymen to boot. Riggsby makes use of case reviews of key themes (spatial illustration, ethnography, virtus and expertise, style, and the simply war), augmented by way of extra man made discussions that herald proof from different Roman and Greek texts, to supply a vast photograph of the subjects of nationwide id and Caesar's self-presentation.
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Caesar in Gaul and Rome: War in Words by Andrew M. Riggsby