The Landmark Julius Caesar:
The Complete Works
Gallic War, Civil War, Alexandrian War,
African War, Spanish War
Edited by Kurt A. Raaflaub
Series Editor Robert B. Strassler

The Landmark Julius Caesar is the definitive edition of the five works
that chronicle the military campaigns of Julius Caesar. Together, these
five narratives present a comprehensive picture of military and
political developments leading to the collapse of the Roman republic
and the advent of the Roman Empire.
The Gallic War is Caesar’s own account of his two invasions of
Britain and of conquering most of what is today France, Belgium, and
Switzerland. The
Civil War describes the conflict in the following year
which, after the death of his chief rival, Pompey, and the defeat of
Pompey’s heirs and supporters, resulted in Caesar’s emergence as the
sole power in Rome. Accompanying Caesar’s own commentaries are
three short but essential additional works, known to us as the
Alexandrian War, the African War, and the Spanish War. These were
written by three unknown authors who were clearly eyewitnesses and
probably Roman officers.
Caesar’s clear and direct prose provides a riveting depiction of
ancient warfare and, not incidentally, a persuasive portrait for the
Roman people (and for us) of Caesar himself as a brilliant, moderate,
and effective leader—an image that was key to his final success.
Kurt A. Raaflaub’s masterful translation skillfully brings out the clarity
and elegance of Caesar’s style, and this, together with such Landmark
features as maps, detailed annotations, appendices, and illustrations,
will provide every reader from lay person to scholar with a rewarding
and enjoyable experience.
A series of forty-four appendices, named “Web essays,” may be
downloaded and printed for personal use by clicking the book icon
above or by visiting
“[The Landmark Herodotus is] the most densely annotated, richly
illustrated, and user-friendly edition of his histories ever to appear.”  
  —Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker
Copyright © 2010 by Robert B. Strassler
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Kurt A. Raaflaub, editor, completed his
Ph.D. in Switzerland, served eight years as co-
director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in
Washington, D.C., and is now professor emeritus
of classics and history at Brown University. His
main fields of study are social and political
history of the Roman republic; social, political,
and intellectual history of archaic and classical
Greece; and comparative history of the ancient
(author photo by John Forasté)
Slingers in combat.