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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic Introduction to Caesar, 14 Oct 2011
D. Evans - See all my reviews
This review is from: Julius Caesar (Command) (Paperback)
This book is a very short and very basic introduction to Julius Caesar the general and commander of Legions, rather than Julius Caesar the politician, orator and lover. It follows Caesar's early career, including his run in with the Pirates, to the battles that made his name and sealed his reputation as one of the greatest generals of all time during the Gallic and Civil Wars.

The author, Dr. Nic Fields, also attempts to delve into Caesar's mind and attempt to build a picture of his abilities as a commander. Some of Caesar's key battles are discussed in the text, such as the siege of Alesia and the battles of Pharsalus, Munda and Thapsus. There's also a brief analysis of Caesar's opponnents such as the Gallic leader Vercingetroix, and his famous Roman opponent and one time ally, Pompey.

The text by Fields is simple and easy to read, while there's quite a few photographs scattered across the book showing statues, coins and locations. The highlight of the book for me was the wonderful colour plates by the artist Peter Dennis. These are atmospheric and well done, but unfortunately there's only three of them included in this book. Overall a good if very basic look at Julius Caesar. If you want something a bit more in-depth it might be worth looking out for biographies by other historians such as Goldsworthy, or perhaps Caesar's own writings.
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