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Julius Caesar's Civil War (Hardback)

Tactics, Strategies and Logistics

Ancient History > Rome & the Roman Provinces Military

By Julian Romane
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 328
Illustrations: 18 mono
ISBN: 9781399089425
Published: 2nd June 2023


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Julian Romane examines the campaigns of Julius Caesar throughout the civil wars that followed his famous crossing of the Rubicon, through to the defeat of the final Pompeian diehards at the battle of Munda. He analyses Caesar's generalship in the widest sense, with a strong emphasis on the logistical and financial effort required to put his legions in the field and keep them equipped, fed and paid. The attention given to this important but often-neglected aspect sets this account apart from many others.

The author discusses the nature of late Republican Roman armies, describing their organization, tactics and equipment. The fact that such armies were employed both by and against Caesar only emphasizes the role of generalship in the outcome. This is followed by a detailed account of the strategic manoeuvres in Caesar's epochal duel with Pompey the Great and the resultant battles at Dyrrhachium and Pharsalus. The final campaigns to mop up opposition in Spain and Africa are studied in equal detail to give a complete picture of Caesar's command performance in these history-shaping events.

A seminal work of outstanding historical scholarship, "Julius Caesar's Civil War: Tactics, Strategies and Logistics" is chronologically organized into six major sections (Italy; War in Spain; War against Pompey; War in the East; War in Africa; The Second Spanish War). This impressive study is further enhanced for the reader with the inclusion of nine Appendices, a ten page Bibliography, and a four page Index. While also available for students, academia, and non-specialist general readers in a digital book format, "Julius Caesar's Civil War: Tactics, Strategies and Logistics" is a valued and recommended addition for community and academic library Ancient Roman Military History collections and supplemental curriculum Julius Caesar studies lists.

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Midwest Book Review

A detailed account of Caesar's last day and the break up of the Roman republic.
Based on Caesar's memoirs and those of others. Though a very factual account of the politics and battles it was easy to read and not dry like some historical accounts.
Worth a read to understand the context regarding the hopes and ambitions of a well known ruthless historical figure and the change of Rome from being a corrupt Republic to an era of Corrupt and powerful emperors.

NetGalley, Steven Marshall
 Julian Romane

About Julian Romane

Julian Patrick Romane has a BA from Beloit College Wisconsin and an MA from the University of Colorado. He has been fascinated with ancient and medieval military history for half a century. He has published articles in several journals and is the editor and/or translator of several books on historical and political subjects. He is the author of Byzantium Triumphant (2015) and Rise of the Tang Dynasty (2018), both published by Pen & Sword Books.

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