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C. Julii Caesaris

Quae Exstant

Interpretatione & Notis

Illustravit

Joannes Godvinus

Professor Regius in Usum Delphini

1706 - London - Impensis Tho. Newborough

8" x 5", [6], 490pp + Index

 

DETAILS

Leatherbound volume with gilt title to the spine and four engraved foldout maps.

This volume bears the bookplate of Thomas Anson, 1st Viscount Anson of Shugborough (1767 1818). He was a British politician and peer.

Gaius Julius Caesar (100 BC 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Caesar was considered during his lifetime to be one of the best orators and authors of prose in Romeeven Cicero spoke highly of Caesar's rhetoric and style.

Commentarii de Bello Gallico is Julius Caesar's firsthand account of his nine years of war in Gaul, written as a third-person narrative.

Commentarii de Bello Civili (literally Commentaries on the Civil War in Latin) is an account written by Julius Caesar of his war against Pompey and the Senate. Shorter than its counterpart on the Gallic War, only three books long, and possibly unfinished, it covers the events of 49-48 BC, from shortly before Caesar's invasion of Italy to Pompey's defeat at the Battle of Pharsalus and flight to Egypt with Caesar in pursuit. It closes with Pompey assassinated, Caesar attempting to mediate rival claims to the Egyptian throne, and the beginning of the Alexandrian War.

De Bello Alexandrino (meaning On the Alexandrine War in Latin) details Caesar's campaign in Alexandria, Egypt and Asia. De Bello Africo (meaning On the War in Africa in Latin) details Caesar's campaigns against his Republican enemies in the province of Africa. De Bello Hispaniensi (meaning On the Hispanic War in Latin) details Caesar's campaigns on the Iberian Peninsula.

These narratives were written and published on a yearly basis during or just after the actual campaigns, as a sort of "dispatches from the front". Apparently simple and direct in styleto the point that Caesar's Commentarii are commonly studied by first and second year Latin studentsthey are in fact highly sophisticated and subtly slanted advertisements for his political agenda, aimed most particularly at the middle-brow readership of minor aristocrats in Rome, Italy, and the provinces.

 

CONDITION

The binding is split in two and pages 385-400 are separated from the volume. There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners, rubbing to the edges of the boards, and three small chips to the rear board. Internally the pages are generally clean with the occasional handling mark. Page 489/490 has been bound in the wrong way round. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown and a small sticker to the rear pastedown. Overall the volume is in good only condition due to the original binding but very good internally.

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