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Julius Caesar
Commentaries on the Gallic War

Edited by Francis W. Kelsey and Rex Stem

Julius Caesar
Paperback, 343 pages £18.50
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9780979971389
Format: 254mm x 178mm
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Subjects: Classical Studies and Ancient History, History, Michigan Classical Press

Francis W. Kelsey was Professor of Latin at the University of Michigan from 1889 until his death in 1927. His popular school commentary on Caesar's Gallic War appeared in twenty-one editions in his lifetime. The expanded edition revised and reprinted here first appeared in 1918.

This new edition offers the intermediate/advanced Latin student everything he or she needs in order to be able to read Caesar's Gallic War: the complete Latin text of Books 1-5 and 6.11-24, a grammatical commentary, a Latin-English vocabulary, a Latin grammar cross-referenced to the usage of Caesar, and twelve colour maps illustrating Caesar's campaigns and battles. No other book provides such completeness or such depth in helping students to read Caesar's Latin with proficiency and confidence.

from Preface by Rex Stem

This project was undertaken for the simple reason that I wanted to have undergraduate students of Latin read widely from Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War and no commentary is in print from which I might do so. Commentaries on individual books of the Gallic War are available . . . but nothing that presents multiple books in their entirety for college level instruction.

Rather than reinvent the wheel, I am bringing back into print the best of the older school commentaries on the Gallic War, namely that published in 1918 by Francis W. Kelsey. The excellence of Kelsey’s work is due to its rigor and completeness. Not only is the student presented with the complete text of over five (of the seven Caesarian) books of the Gallic War, but he or she also encounters a thorough grammatical (and sometimes historical) commentary, a complete Latin-English vocabulary for all the selections included, and an extensive Latin grammar keyed to the usage of Caesar (which also incorporates a description of the relevant geography and the military terms and practices of Caesar’s time). The intermediate to advanced Latin student in a contemporary college classroom thus finds herein all he or she needs to make rapid progress in accurately comprehending Caesar’s Latinity and narrative style. No other materials are needed.

Preface

Introductory Materials

Introduction to Caesar’s Commentaries on the Gallic War

Reading from the Beginning

Caesar in January 58 BC

Caesar as Author: Writing the Commentaries on the Gallic War

Form and Content, Style and Perspective

Themes

Debating Caesar’s Achievement in the Gallic War

Introduction to Kelsey’s Commentary

The Purpose and Method of This Commentary

The Career of Francis W. Kelsey and the Development of This Commentary

The Latin Text

Outline of Books 1–5 and 6.11–24

Bibliography

Julius Caesar – Commentaries on the Gallic War

Book I

Book II

Book III

Book IV

Book V

Book VI.11–24

A Companion to Caesar

Latin Morphology

Latin Syntax

The Geography of Caesar’s Commentaries

The Roman Art of War in Caesar’s Time

Vocabulary

List of Maps and Plates

Map and Plate Section



 

 


 

Rex Stem is Associate Professor of Classics, University of California at Davis

Francis W. Kelsey was Professor of Latin at the University of Michigan from 1889 until his death in 1927. His popular school commentary on Caesar's Gallic War appeared in twenty-one editions in his lifetime. The expanded edition revised and reprinted here first appeared in 1918.



Publication Details:


Binding:
 Paperback , 343 pages
ISBN:
 9780979971389
Format:
 254mm x 178mm

BIC Code:
 1QDAR, 2ADL, CFF, HBLA1
BISAC Code:
  HIS002000, HIS039000, LAN009010
Imprint:
 Michigan Classical Press


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