Preparing for the first of our two book chats on Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldworthy, I've been re-reading the biography and have some observations on the first half of the book:
Part One: The Rise to Consulship 100-59 B.C.: Members of our group can most likely speed-read through the chapters dealing with the history of the Republic and the very early years of young Caesar.
Part Two: Proconsul 58-50 B.C., which we will partially discuss: I find three topics especially well covered in these chapters:
- The War Commentaries. A critical assessment.
- Caesar's Army. No surprise with Goldworthy's past coverage of the Roman Army.
- The Whole of Gaul is Divided. An excellent introduction of the history of the area that was outside the Roman provinces in 59 B.C.E. and a good set-up piece for the book's coverage of the Bellum Gallicum.
Online ancient texts can be found here.