CliffsNotes on Caesar's Gallic Wars

CliffsNotes on Caesar's Gallic Wars

CliffsNotes on Caesar's Gallic Wars

CliffsNotes on Caesar's Gallic Wars

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Caesar’s Gallic Wars essays chronicle the history of his military engagements during the years 58-51 B.C. in Gaul, Germany, and Britain. And, as an aid to his readers, he provides expository information for those who are unfamiliar with the far-off lands and people encountered during his forays. He opens his book, for example, with a brief description of Gaul, then tells how the Helvetii are first aroused to rebellion by Orgetorix in 61 B. C. and how, after Orgetorix’ death, they continue their preparations for war, finally beginning military operations in 58 B.C. Since they plan to march through an area bordering on the Roman Province, Caesar feels that they represent a threat to Roman rule, so he directs his forces against them. And, after defeating the Helvetii, he fights the Germans who have been brought to Gaul by the Sequani tribe. Then, unexplainably, there is a moment of panic within the Roman army, but it manages to regain its courage and crushes the German forces. One of the few to escape, unfortunately, is Ariovistus, a principal German leader.

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