4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Up dated translation,
This review is from: The Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
As Dr. Hammond has said, every generation needs a new translation. This translation fits that bill perfectly. Previous editions in the popular mainstream were not really the best of translations. Some re-arranged the order of the books to assist in maintaining the thread of the progress of the narrative. Some styles of translation made the resulting English somewhat garbled and archaic. Hammond has returned Caesar's narrative to a more original construction.
The language has been modernised, but we retain 'cohorts' and 'legions' - some translations use,battalions and regiments etc., The flavour of a stern, dry authoritarian style has been preserved. The text is well served by maps - very helpful - and the the introduction and notes are excellent with use of the latest research at that time.
Of course these ancient texts are not to be read as histories - they say more about the authors than anything, but this translation is capable of adding colour and i would see it serving as the popular translation for this generation.