Julius Caesar - Ada Russell

The life of Julius Caesar spans one of the most fascinating and important periods in all of Ancient history, and this book does an excellent job of bringing all the characters of the age to life. The first century B.C. saw the collapse of a corrupt republic, a number of savage civil wars, and the rise of a relatively benign tyranny under Caesar. The book devotes just enough attention to the political dramas of the time to give intermediate students some idea of the vicious politicking of the era, without being tiring.

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  • Caesar's Commentaries, with the continuations by Hirtius (English translation of the Gallic War by Rice Holmes, 1908; of the Civil War by Peskett in the Loeb Library, 19x4).
  • Cicero's Correspondence (edited by Tyrrell and Purser, with valuable notes, 1885-1901. English translation by Shuck-burgh, 1905-9).
  • Appian's Roman History (Greek text and translation in the Loeb Library, 1912-13).
  • Velleius Paterculus' Raman History (English translation by Watson in Bohn's Classical Library, 1861).
  • Dion Cassius' Roman History (English translation by Foster, 1905, etc. A better translation is on its way in the Loeb Library).
  • Plutarch's Lives (translated by Dryden and others (Everyman Library, 1912). Quotations from this translation have been made above, as its charm of style usually counter-balances a few inaccuracies).
  • Suetonius' History of Twelve Caesars (translated into English by Philemon Holland, 1606; reprinted 1899. This version is an English classic, but a more faithful translation is to be found in the Loeb Library, 1914).
  • Sallust's Bellum Catilinarium (translated by Pollard, 1882). Epitomes of the lost books of Livy.

Among modern authorities may be mentioned:

  • Rice Holmes' Ancient Britain and the Invasions of Julius Caesar (1907); Caesar's Conquest of Gaul (1911).
  • Mommsen's History of Rome (English translation, 1894 vols. iv. and v.).
  • Warde Fowler's Julius Caesar (1892); Social Life at Rome (1909); etc.
  • Napoleon III's Histoire de Jules Cesar (1865-6).
  • Strachan Davidson's Cicero (1907).
  • Boissier's Ciceron et ses Amis (1908); La Conjuration de Caniltite (1905).
  • De Qnincey's Cicero (Collected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, edited by Masson, 1889-90).