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The Commentaries | [Julius Caesar]

The Commentaries

Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.
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Julius Caesar wrote his exciting Commentaries during some of the most grueling campaigns ever undertaken by a Roman army. The Gallic Wars and The Civil Wars constitute the greatest series of military dispatches ever written. As literature, they are representative of the finest expressions of Latin prose in its "golden" age, a benchmark of elegant style and masculine brevity imitated by young schoolboys for centuries.

One of the most daring and brilliant generals of all time, Julius Caesar combined the elements of tactical genius with the shrewdness of a master politician. He was an astute judge of men's character - their strengths and weaknesses. Whenever possible, he exercised restraint and mercy even when his worst enemies were in his power. But he also knew when and how to mete out stern punishment and his swift retaliations became a hallmark of his career. With his charismatic leadership, his powerful intellect and his magnetic personal charm, Julius Caesar became the idol of men and women everywhere. The fanatic loyalty of his troops and the adulation of the Roman public propelled him to the pinnacle of power. Historian Will Durant called him "the most complete man that antiquity produced."

Follow along in this recording as Julius Caesar in 50 B.C. undertakes the awesome enterprise of subduing savage Gaul, an area roughly the size of Texas. That task was barely completed before his enemies in Rome struck, igniting the bloody Civil War that engulfed most of the Roman Empire and afterward left Caesar in supreme power.

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    John YORKVILLE, IL, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A great classic, but not great reading."
    What did you like best about The Commentaries? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the history and feelings revealed in the works. I disliked the obvious slant toward Caesar's vanity. History is written by the victors.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Caesars


    Do you think The Commentaries needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, a book that explains exactly what was real and what was made up. Did Caesar really win or had the people been no real challenge?


    Any additional comments?

    Essential history reading.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew United Kingdom 02-06-11
    Andrew United Kingdom 02-06-11

    Plotting to take over the world since 1969

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    "Dreadfully false sounding accent !"

    As a Brit, I can only wonder whether the Narrator was trying to sound English and Churchillian (in which case he fails, it sounds terribly false) or whether thats his natural US accent ( note to anyone from the US - the English do not pronounce "route" as "rout", so the narrator is clearly not British).

    The translation is fairly clear and the narration is otherwise done well. However the choice of accent distracts at times.

    Overall, if you can live with the accent its a reasonable audiobook, and worth a credit .

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
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