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pregnant body, I will do all, though my arm waver. the narrow bounds of a sanctuary for criminals caused the conflict. Were Saturn, the cold and baleful planet displaying his dark, rays in the zenith, then Aquarius would pour. so Pompey, who once licked Sulla’s sword, still thirsts. instances: Rome’s first walls were drenched in a brother’s blood. with their painted weapons: others from the fords of the Isar, that river which flows so great a distance, till its waters merge, with the more famous Danube, losing its name before, it meets the waves of the sea. And now, as light dispersed the chill shades of night, Destiny lit the flames of war, setting the spur to Caesar’s, wavering heart, shattering the barriers shame interposed, and driving him on to conflict. you wish to be, and where you wish to set your universal throne. shattering the daylight sky, with the sound of thunderous air. nations against a people that ruled earth and sea: you, Rome. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. line to jump to another position: The chapter breaks in this translation have been changed to align with those in the 1901 Latin edition of the De Bello Civili, ed. those oak-leaves granted for saving a Roman’s life. 1 []. to come were granted; the gods filled the earth. peace despite the leaders’ wills, since Crassus stood between them. ranks over the waves to treacherous Syrtis. Recall, too, that in Section 1, Caesar noted that the Germans engage in continual warfare with the Belgae and Gauls; he therefore wants to be certain that the Germans stay isolated on the other side of the Rhine, deterred by the river boundary so that war in … the forces of the quivering globe contended in mutual sinfulness; standard ranged against standard, eagle matched against eagle, spear threatening spear. Book I:158-182 The hidden causes of the war, Book I:183-227 Caesar’s crossing of the Rubicon, Book I:228-265 Entry into Ariminum (Rimini), Book I:266-351 The exiled tribunes: Caesar’s speech, Book I:466-525 Fear and apprehension in Rome, Book I:673-695 Apollo inspires a prophecy. her husband’s anger on the one side, and her father’s on the other. For benign Jupiter is hidden deep in the west, Venus’ healthful planet is dimmed, Mercury’s, swift path is retrograde, Mars keeps the heavens, alone. commentariorum libri vii de bello gallico cum a. hirti supplemento to power so long continued? From Book 116 (which is the eighth dealing with the civil war) [116.1] [45 BCE] Caesar celebrated a fifth triumph, for his Spanish victory. veiling and hiding it in profound ambiguity. but soon maddened, lashing his tail, his mane erect, sends out a roaring from his cavernous mouth, such, that if a nimble Moor pierces his flesh with the lance, he brandishes, or a spear lances at his vast chest, he. Yet such depths of fear, must be forgiven; Pompey himself in flight gave, cause for fear. This frenzy will last many years, and what use. CAESAR'S COMMENTARIES OF THE CIVIL WAR. Book VI, the shortest of the hooks in the Gallic Wars, relates Caesar's adventures during 53 B.C. called out: ‘Mightiest general of the Roman people, if I have leave to speak, and to speak the truth, we say. Resistance at Massilia 7. Let Rome, drag out an unbroken succession of sufferings, and prolong her agony for years, free only. Vast the task before me, to show what impelled a frenzied people, to arms, and drove peace from the earth. follows day through the same circuit of the twelve constellations. THE SUPPLEMENT of DIONYSIUS VOSSIUS TO CAESAR'S FIRST BOOK of THE CIVIL WAR. was not red blood but a strange and terrible slime. the mothers appalled by this birth of strange infants; while dire prophecies of the Cumaean Sibyl passed, from mouth to mouth. They say the gods of the nations shed tears, while. over Pharsalia’s plains, of wickedness deemed justice; of how. shapes in the dense atmosphere, now a great javelin, now a torch with scattered rays. Charybdis the black churned bloody waves from. leaps over the weapons careless of such wounds. of worship. that yearned for supremacy; Caesar could accept none above him, Pompey no equal. headed for Caesar’s camp, now advanced close to Rome. Current location in this text. his fury, and added to his fervour, as a racehorse at Olympia, already straining against the barrier, trying to loose the bolts. and fierce heat overtake our temperate clime? Perusia’s famine, Mutina’s horrors, the ships sunk at stormy Actium, the war with the slaves near burning Etna, be added, still Rome owes. We feared the worst, but what, follows will be worse than our fears. of divine anger. Thus the tribes, on whom the pole star gazes are sweetly deceived, since they are, free of the terror of dying, our greatest fear, and the warrior there, is eager to meet the steel, is brave in the face of death, convinced. a burning pine-tree with its tip held downwards. On reaching the banks of the Rubicon’s narrow flow. be swift; to those who are on the brink, delay is ever fatal. Trumpets blared, and as armies cry out as they clash. The Civil Wars has been divided into the following sections: Book 1 [145k] Book 2 [83k] Book 3 [187k] Download: A 301k text-only version is available for download. 58–50 B.C.E. Why have the constellations deserted, their known paths, moving obscurely through, the sky, yet Orion’s sword-girt flank shines. First the Cilician pirates, then the endless war with Mithridates. let my leaderless soldiers at least be paid for their long service; let them march in triumph, whoever their new general may be. in the theatre he had built, trusting in former claims to greatness, he did nothing to establish wider power, and stood as the mere. Renatus du Pontet. stirs the shoreline, holds it alone, and bars the safe roadstead; and free that strip of Belgian coast, disputed, claimed by sea. Scorpion with fiery tail, scorching its pincers? to flee their native walls. Thus they were quick to anger, and crime, prompted by need, was, treated lightly; it was a virtue to take up arms and hold more power, than the State, and might became the measure of right. Then let the human race lay down its arms, consider, its own good, and let all nations love one another; let Peace fly. and tribunes alike confounding all justice; office snared by bribery, popular support bought at auction, while corruption, year after year. Their very colour alarmed him, the organs, black with congealed gore, were marked, with signs of malignant sickness, covered everywhere. Let the wretch learn from Sulla’s example and relinquish power. She, if fate had granted her longer life, might alone have restrained. at Thebes, or brandished fierce Lycurgus’ goads. The campaign of Ilerda and defeat of Afranius and Petreius (37-87) And hope for a future free of dread, was lacking, since clear signs of greater ills. The full work is split into eight sections, Book 1 to Book 8, varying in size from approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. his rebellion, and found a pretext for his use of arms. rose up like those of the royal Theban brothers. sling, or the arrow the Parthian looses behind him. The sun himself, in raising his face to the zenith, veiled his orb in shadow, hid his fiery chariot, in dense darkness, driving humankind to despair, of daylight; such was the darkness that swallowed, Thyestes’ city, Mycenae, when the sun turned back. Such were the leaders’ motives; but there were those hidden causes, of the war, amongst the people, that will ever destroy powerful, nations. throughout Gaul, moving every legion towards Rome. The clash of weapons, was heard, loud cries in the forest depths, sounds, of ghostly armies locked in battle. While earth buoys up the sea and the heavens the earth, while. the celestial palace you expect will welcome you, the heavens rejoice. While your enemies are in confusion. Caesar’s Senate 6. No aged father could restrain, his son, no weeping wife her husband, none stayed, to mouth a prayer for escape from danger before. the sea, the sky, with their menacing portents. so that one part hung flabby with sickness, while the other quivered and its veins trembled, to an a-rhythmic beat. fruit of profitless wombs burned with inauspicious fuel. attendants dragged on its horns it sank to earth. Your current position in the text is marked in blue. keels; free too that harbour of Monaco, sacred to Hercules, its hollow cliffs encroaching on the sea and over which, neither Caurus nor Zephyrus has power; only Circius that. They set no bounds to wealth or buildings; greed. This work is licensed under a Translator’s Note. The jaws of brute creatures uttered human speech; women bore monstrous offspring with surplus limbs. Must Pompey hold the reins before lawful age? What madness, my countrymen, how wild. Is it so bad to fight a civil war? the ocean bed, and Scylla’s savage dogs whined. Caesar – the man and his aims The Civil War and the continuations. enough to hurl a javelin, must you submit to the toga. So they chose to follow ancient custom and summon, Etruscan seers. sounded the civil war’s first alarm. They deem him now. the fields near the outer walls fled on every side. their household gods, or lingered on the threshold. While this, long procession wound round the vast city, Arruns, gathered the scattered embers of the lightning-bolts. a deep debt to civil war, since what was done, Caesar, was all for you. that slaughter! The Seige of Corfinium 4. on the left; the Seven who hold the festal banquets; the Titian Guild; the Salii who bear the sacred shields, on their shoulders in triumph; and the Flamen whose, pointed cap rises tall from his noble head. He must yield all to the strong, who denies them their due. the comet, that signals a change of earthly power. His, shall be the guilt, who forces me to act as your enemy.’, Then Caesar let loose the bonds of war, and led his, standards swiftly over the swollen stream; so a lion, in the untilled wastes of burning Libya, seeing his foes. 3:1 Julius Caesar, holding the election as dictator, was himself appointed consul with Publius Servilius; for this was the year in which it was permitted by the laws that he should be chosen consul. The fair-haired Ruthenians. Then, at his orders, the fearful citizens circled the city, while the pontiffs empowered to perform the task, cleansed the walls with solemn lustration, marching. a gesture commanded quiet, and he addressed them: ‘Friends, who have faced with me the perils of a thousand, battles these ten years past, is this, in victory, your reward. Shall the unfaithful soil refuse its produce. in her chest: ‘Where are you carrying me, where will you set my feet? c. iulius caesar (100 – 44 b.c.) The hardship and danger are no greater than before, but greater is the prize that you seek. Hide browse bar Yet do not place it in the north, or where the hot opposing skies. Halting in the forum they had seized, the soldiers, were ordered to lay down their arms while a blare, of trumpets, shrill clarion calls and booming horns. If what they say is true, then our death, is merely a moment in the course of continuing life. This text was converted to electronic form by optical character recognition and has been proofread to a medium level of accuracy. Raise them high! and spears in battle, in war without a foe? If you come as law-abiding citizens, here you must halt.’. of the Latin Festival split apart and, twin-tipped. so the dark of night rang out though the wind was still. If they rob me of my just reward for my labours. The most venerable was Arruns, who, lived in the deserted city of Luca, for whom the track. Now Sulla’s ghost was seen to rise from the midst, of the Campus Martius, prophesying doom, while, Marius, burst from his sepulchre, lifting his head. Their cries rose to the heavens: as loud as when. Their foe’s departure, delights the Santoni and Bituriges, the Suessones, nimble despite. in defeat, if the fierce tribes of Gaul were raging at my back, how would my enemies be acting then? than mere name and military fame: his energies were un-resting, his only shame in battle not to win; alert and unrestrained, every, summons of anger or ambition his strength answered, he never, shrank from an opportunistic use of the sword; intent on pursuing, each success, grasping the gods’ favour, pushing aside every. Thence laws, and statutes of the people passed by force, thence the consuls. So, in fear, each lends strength. around the sacred pomerium, the boundary of the city. Read reviews from world’s largest community for readers. Commentary references to this page (1): J. Men’s previous, view of him differs from the present. Translated by W. A. McDevitte and W. S. Bohn. O how easily, the gods grant us supremacy, and how grudgingly, maintain it! while it was yet your duty to strip proud Parthia of Italian spoils. So a captain abandons ship, when a southerly gale drives the waves from Libyan, Syrtes’ shoals, and the heavy mast topples with all. My mind is moved to set down the cause of these great events. Vossius's supplement to the first book: I will now say nothing concerning the absurd opinion of those who assert that the following Commentaries on the … to the Senate’s tyranny? does not know how the barracks invaded the fearful courts, how soldiers with grim blades gleaming surrounded stunned, and anxious jurors? alone, he entered nearby Ariminum, bringing terror. Behold, he saw a horror never once witnessed. and buried them in the earth to a gloomy muttering. hung with a nation’s ancient trophies, sacred gifts of the victors, and though its clinging roots have lost their strength, their weight, alone holds it, spreading naked branches to the sky, casting shade, not with leaves but its trunk alone, and though it quivers, doomed, to fall at the next gale, among the host of sounder trees that rise, around it, still it alone is celebrated. Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text. of an old age buried in obscurity. were broken, and the generals freed to pursue armed conflict. trust readily broken, and multitudes profiting greatly from war. St. Louis. with dull patches, and spots of blood. As things are, no long triumphal procession awaits you. Caesar, Civil War [translation and notes by John Carter for Oxford World Classics] Book I (Notes to asterisked portions follow text) The outbreak of the civil war; Caesar invades and captures Italy, Sardinia, and Sicily (i-3 3 ). While the hot blood moves, and these bodies breathe, while our arms have strength. The liquid that flowed from the gaping wound. far and wide, before gathering its scattered energies again. of foreign lands will meet only with reprimand. For a woman ran through the stunned city. Shall Pompey be fed, with despotic power perpetually renewed by his mean venal. Should I not complain when he grasped the whole world’s, harvest and commanded the hungry to obey him? you chose instead to grant our enemies the sight of Roman strife. are untenanted, and scarcely a soul strays through the ancient sites; if Italy’s unploughed soil is overgrown with thorns, year by year, and the fields cry out in vain for men to till them, such vast ruin, is not due to proud Pyrrhus, or Hannibal; no foreign sword could. the voice of the people and a bold champion of freedom. the waves that nourish him raises the ocean billows skyward? melted by damp gales. the advance of the Senones, the swords of Hannibal. Yet now, when Fate. I leave the cause to those who study the workings of the world. cliffs of the Cevennes. Recruits swell the cohorts’, ranks; the forests are felled to build ships; Caesar is ordered, to be hounded by land and sea. as the vast shape of a Fury stalked round the city, tossing her hissing snaky locks, and brandishing. the waters everywhere running with poison? Yet we’ll complain no more, you gods, if fate could find no other. You, might have thought that impious flames had seized, their houses, or that the city swayed to an earthquake’s, shock, since the frenzied crowd ran wildly through, the city, as if the one hope of escape from ruin was. Conditions and Exceptions apply. are doomed to end on the same day. The Civil War is Caesar's masterly account of the celebrated war between himself and his great rival Pompey, from the crossing of the Rubicon in January 49 B.C. circling, with your shifting flame, an earth unafraid of this new sun, every deity will yield to you, and nature leave you to choose what god. By Julius Caesar. Then the general’s limbs quaked, his hair stood on end, faintness overcame him and he halted, his feet rooted, to the river-bank. If Rome, then, has such, a love of illicit war, let her yet bring the whole earth under her. Ten years you fought. citizens once more. options are on the right side and top of the page. Perseus provides credit for all accepted There and then he summoned his legions to the standards; a look silenced the clamour and confusion of the troops. The Roman soldier, besieged by the enemy in a foreign land defies, nocturnal danger behind a frail palisade; swiftly, piling turf he sleeps secure in his tent defended, by his mound, but let the name of war be heard, and Rome is abandoned, her walls no shield, even for a single night. Though. So the Etruscan seer spoke of the tortuous future. of the lightning bolt, the signs on the warm entrails, and the significance of every bird wandering the sky, held no secrets. This a parallel presentation of the works of Julius Caesar in Latin and English translation. her orb reflecting her brother Phoebus’s light. and the forest roars earth-bent or rebounding to the sky. of space, forming the hairy tail of that baleful star. Table of Contents. But on seeing the glitter of Roman eagles, and Caesar. Seek the evidence in no other nation: no long searching for fatal. Everyone else knows deep peace, profound tranquility. China might have passed, under our yoke, savage Armenia, and those peoples who know, the secret of the Nile’s hidden source. had set his mind on vast rebellion and future conflict. to your cause, I extended your command, defied the Senate. CAESAR'S COMMENTARIES of THE CIVIL WAR. with bent points, swords scarred by the gnawing rust. in a victim’s entrails without disaster following; a vast second lobe grew on the lobe of the liver. William Duncan. Book 1→ Translation based on W. A. McDevitte and W. S. Bohn (1859) — I will now say nothing concerning the absurd opinion of those who assert that the following Commentaries on the Civil War were not written by Caesar himself. For Laelius, ranked. from me let whatever makes that endless motion, as the gods wish. Lead us among the Scythian tribes, or the hostile shores, of Syrtes, or the burning sands of parched Libya, we, who to leave a conquered world behind us have tamed, the swelling ocean waves and the foaming waters. It was not Fortune fuelling the envy of foreign. Whether you wield Jove’s sceptre, or mount Phoebus’ fiery chariot. Let Pompey, weakened by long peace, come and make war, with his fresh levies and his toga-wearing partisans, eloquent, Marcellus, and Cato that empty name. and parched Libya: there you transport me; Faction again rears its head, and once more, I circle Earth. Think of Sulla’s crime, the butchery in the Saepta’s pound on the Campus Martius: we wage civil war … Men say the tribes between the Rhine and Elbe, uprooted. our praying to the gods above that it might end? C. Julius Caesar. bird-life dumb, or the wide ocean, muted in calm weather. False report, the swift herald, of imminent war, added to rational fears, filled men’s minds, with presentiments of ruin, and loosed countless tongues, to spread distorted tales. shouted assent to this, raising their arms aloft together, pledging themselves to any war to which Caesar called, them. With that blood, alas, spilled by Roman hands, what lands and seas might not have been, won, where night hides the stars and the sun rises, where fiery air, parches the south, where the winter’s cold that no spring can thaw, freezes the Black Sea in its icy grip! An illustration of an open book. The tumult, of war that shakes Rome, could be no greater if Hannibal, himself had traversed their peaks. The cavalry first met the flow, taking position slantwise across the current, lessening. Who. Video An illustration of an audio speaker. Pompey. Shown above and discussed below are Cynthia Damon's Studies on the Text of Caesar's Bellum civile, her Latin edition of Caesar's Civil War, and her English translation.. Like most ancient texts, we do not have a pristine copy of Caesar… The Druids laid down, their weapons and returned to their barbaric rites and alien modes. disdained its former fare; men wore clothes scarcely decent on women; austerity, the mother of virtue, fled; and whatever ruined other nations, was brought to Rome. the Cimbrian invasion, the wild onrush of the Teutones: whenever Fate turns on Rome, its attackers take the road, that passes through here.’ Such was each man’s silent, moan, not daring to utter his fears aloud; none voiced, his grief; so the fields are silent when winter strikes. Fierce Mulciber, in Sicily, opened Etna’s jaws wide; the flames not rising. Appalled by the dark outcome, Arruns grew pale, and snatched up the entrails to read the cause. The Civil Wars By Julius Caesar Translated by W. A. McDevitte and W. S. Bohn. There is joy where Cinca’s waters flow, where Rhone. wrought better than they knew, visiting civil war on the defeated. terrified Hercules, though he’d seen the realm of Dis. the Capitol demands no laurels of yours be consecrated; rather gnawing envy denies you all, and your conquests. were the cause of your own ills, made a servant of three masters. Yet to me you are already divine; and were my heart inspired, by you, I’d not trouble the god of sacred Delphi, or summon. hung beside the household gods, arms of a long peace: disintegrating shields bared to their frames, javelins. Chapter 0. Imagine the chains, imagine the cross reserved for Caesar, my head set on the Rostrum, limbs unburied. be hidden. Better if Fate had set us down under an Eastern sky, or in the frozen north guarding the tents of nomads, and not the gateway to Italy. The crowd’s flight was irrevocable. or calculation of the stars’ passage, he also spoke: ‘If the universe changes endlessly ungoverned, by laws, then the heavenly bodies wander on, errant courses, but if it be guided by fate a swift. If my standards were levelled. With peace will come dictatorship. These dire forebodings were enough to terrify. their long spears; the Leuci and Remi, experts in the javelin. a Thracian northerly falls on the cliffs of pine-clad Ossa. Where, the limits to his crimes? images; if you’d have me pitch camp by Tiber’s waters. ... in his biography of Julius Caesar states that the Gallic and Civil Wars were written by Caesar, and that the 8th book of the Gallic Wars was written by (Aulus) Hirtius. suddenly plunged into earth’s shadow, grew dim. So the slender Isthmus divides the waves, and separates two seas, forbidding their waters to merge; and yet. Click anywhere in the it is cowardice to be over-protective of a life that will be renewed. War’s madness is upon us, where the sword’s power will wildly confound. down upon us such floods as Deucalion saw. the empire was left exposed to the advance of foreign nations. and land in turn, when the vast ocean inundates it or ebbs away; some onshore wind from the horizon blows perhaps, drives, the seas on then fails them, or perhaps Tethys’ wild waters, are attracted by the moon, stirred by the phases of that second, of celestial bodies, or perhaps fire-bearing Titan, to drink. As the stars fled the light and the morning star shone. Enter a Perseus citation to go to another section or work. beside chill Anio’s stream, scattered the folk in flight. covered by Books 1–8 of The Landmark Julius Caesar, the civil war of 49 and 48 by Books 9–11, wars in Egypt, Anatolia and other parts of the Roman empire in 47 by Book 12 (Alexandrian War), the second round of the civil wars in 46 by Book 13 (African War), and the last round of the civil wars in 45 by Book 14 (Spanish War). who guard the divine prophecies and mystic chants. the Gauls, yet how small a part of Earth Gaul represents! if the land were withdrawn, the Ionian would break on the Aegean. her sorrowful face showing clear in nocturnal darkness. sweat on the Lares testified to the city’s travails; in the temples the offerings fell from the walls, birds of ill-omen marred the day, and wild beasts. Edwards and Bushnell. Grant me to see a different, land, O Phoebus, for Philippi I have seen.’. For a short while a discordant harmony was maintained, there was. 9.1", "denarius"). its canvas, he leaping with his crew into the waves, each man choosing shipwreck before the timbers, of the hull are shattered. Translated by A. S. Kline © Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved. The liver, he saw, was flabby and rotten, with ominous streaks, on its exposed part. destruction will overtake Rome and all mankind. a powerful people turned their own right hands against themselves; of strife within families; how, with the first Triumvirate broken. happenings, the swift and painful collapse of excessive weight, a Rome unable to bear her own greatness. Neither spoils nor kingship are my, object: we will simply be driving a tyrant from a servile city.’, So he spoke; but the men, doubtful, muttered anxiously. of Rhine: order me, I must follow with strength and will. So with war they fled, the abandoned city. 1856. They alone are granted the true knowledge, or the false, of the gods and celestial powers; they live in the furthest groves, of the deep forests; they teach that the soul does not descend, to Erebus’ silent land, to Dis’ sunless kingdom, but the same spirit, breathes in another body. He is no friend of mine, Caesar, against whom your, trumpets sound. News was of some fierce cavalry. to Pompey's death and the start of the Alexandrian War in the autumn of the following year. a monster, more savage than the enemy he has conquered. and the bowels betrayed their hiding place. of the world dissolves, in that final hour that gathers in the ages. When your role on earth is over and at last you seek the stars. a powerful people turned their own right hands against themselves; For the Senators, exceeding their powers, had threatened, the fractious tribunes and expelled them from the anxious, city, recalling the like fate of the Gracchi; and so the exiles. my enterprise; I bring no assault on you in wild warfare; see me here, victorious by land and sea, always your, champion – now as ever, if that be possible. when supreme power, never so shared before, forged a deadly pact. at the last, filled with the sight of their beloved city. on horseback with his army, they stood rooted by fear, their chilled limbs shaking with terror, unspoken. The Civil War is a tense and gripping depiction of his struggle with Pompey over the leadership of Republican Rome - a conflict that spanned the entire Roman world, from Gaul and Spain to Asia and Africa. Book 2--- 49 B.C. How warriors broke into the sanctuary. Let me hear no more, talk of pacts, I have placed my trust in those for far, too long, now I must seek the judgement of war.’, So he spoke, urging his men on through the shadows, of night swifter than the missile whirled from a Balearic. The introductions preceding each Commentary give the modern reader a sense of the context that the ancient reader brought to the story and show us Caesar in the process of becoming Caesar.”—Cynthia Damon, editor and translator of Caesar’s Civil War "Caesar waged prose as he waged war—in ways swift, economical, and ruthless. [116.2] [44] After the Senate decreed many of the highest honors (such as the right to be called "father of the fatherland" together with an eternal inviolability and dictatorship), several grudges rose against him: because he did not rise from his … Although most contemporaries and subsequent historians considered the account truthful, 20th century historians have questioned the outlandish claims made in the work. Cynthia Damon has produced a fresh English edition of Caesar’s Civil War that was decades (or centuries!) Born from. Now, Caesar, swiftly surmounting the frozen Alps. So the day dawned that witnessed the first turmoil, of the war; though, by the will of the gods, or a stormy. waging a war that could win no triumphs! Massilia refuses to admit Caesar (34-36). Civil Wars Book 3 (48-47 B.C.E.) Book 8--- 51-50 B.C. Bellona, who slash their arms, chanted of heaven’s anger, as the Galli whirled their gory locks, shrieking ruin, to the nations. ("Agamemnon", "Hom. of justice, Pompey’s standards laying siege to Milo in the dock? Caesar reacts 3. henceforth while such civil strife endures. I swear by your standards of ten, victorious campaigns, and by your triumphs, whatever, the foe, if you command me to bury my blade in my, brother’s breast, in my father’s throat, in my wife’s. Then estates were increased, until those fields, once tilled by Camillus’ iron ploughshare, or Curius’ spade, became, vast tracts tended by alien farmers. in peace and tranquility, no delight in liberty free from the sword. but we grant the first spoils and bivouac to these madmen. The fire was violently doused on Vesta’s altar; while the flames of the pyre signalling the end. boldly made their lairs at night in the heart of Rome. will rush down from the summit of Pindus, revealing by her cries the force of Phoebus. From tents pitched in the mountains beside Lake Leman, the soldiers came, from the fort on the heights of Vosegus, above winding shores, that controlled the warlike Lingones. In that battle the Parthians. Rushing to a given. Then, unsure of a safe haven, or how to escape danger, they followed the crowd. Nor were the people alone filled with baseless terrors, the House was stirred, Senators leapt from their seats, and fled, leaving the Consuls the task of declaring, a war they dreaded. So when the fabric. Groans issued from the urns filled, with the ashes of the dead. The civil wars; with an English translation by A.G. Peskett by Caesar, Julius; Peskett, Arthur George. so close to Gaul, doomed by its site to fatal misfortune! If you lean on any one region of immense space, the axis will feel. Let Pharsalia’s dire plains be heaped with dead; let Hannibal’s shade, revel in the carnage; let final battle be joined at fatal Munda. A powerful rivalry drove them on: for Pompey feared fresh exploits, might obscure his former triumphs, his ridding the seas of pirates. An illustration of two cells of a film strip. A silent lightning bolt, gathering flame from the cloudless north, struck, Latium’s capital, Alba Longa, and the lesser lights, that move through the sunless sky by night were seen. Where is the end. The chapter breaks in this translation have been changed to align with those in the 1901 Latin edition of the De Bello Civili, ed. Book I :1-32 The nature of the war. whither do you bear those standards, my warriors? your son-in-law, resolves to topple you from power. The setting is a meeting of the senate on January 1, 49, under the new consuls Lucius Cornelius Lentulus and Gaius Claudius Marcellus, both enemies of Caesar. Civil War Book 1.1-30 The very opening of the book is lost. He’s used to civil war. of the tribe of Iulus, and you, sacred relics of Quirinus; O Jove of Latium, on Alba’s heights, and you, fires, of Vesta, and you, O Rome, equal in sanctity, favour. Od. "Alea iacta est" ("the die is cast") -Julius Caesar upon crossing the Rubicon, (according to Suetonius) Caesar continues his narrative from the Bello Gallico into another several books of commentaries on his civil war with Pompey the Great and the Roman Senate. Just as the fierce tiger, that has drunk deep of the blood, of the cattle slain as he follows his mate from lair to lair. skywards but leaning to engulf the Italian shore. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License, Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text,,,, Civil War, Book 1 book. exuded corrupted blood through gaping cracks. line to jump to another position: THE SUPPLEMENT of DIONYSIUS VOSSIUS TO CAESAR'S FIRST BOOK of THE CIVIL WAR. If in Roman cities now the roofs and walls are half-demolished, and the vast stones of shattered houses litter the earth; if dwellings. in the Hyrcanian jungle, never again loses his fierceness. In the first 10 minutes I provide 5 Campaign/Battle Maps which are directly related to the events in Book 1 (58 B.C.). He sanctified the place, and brought a sacrificial bull, to a holy altar, a bull chosen for its size, but when, he began to pour the wine, and sprinkle the grain, from his slanting knife, the victim struggled violently, against the unwelcome sacrifice; yet when the noble. Shall Pompey cling forever to the honours he has stolen? Such was the one who drove Agave to madness. B. Greenough, Benjamin L. D'Ooge, M. Grant Daniell, Commentary on Caesar's Gallic War, AG BG 3.23; Cross-references to this page (11): Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges, SYNTAX OF THE VERB The moon, at the full, her horns joined. perpetuating venal elections to the magistracy, destroyed the State; thence voracious usury, interest greedily seeking payment. Your current position in the text is marked in blue. Pompey leaves Italy 5. In the dark of night, unknown constellations were seen, the sky ablaze with fire, light shooting across the void. Bibliographical Note. dare to reveal to man the evil the gods prepare. But at her death bonds of loyalty. way to Nero’s advent, if even the eternal kingdom cost you dear, and Jupiter the Thunderer could not rule without warring with fierce. in the making, depending on how you look at it.. as chief centurion and bearing a well-earned decoration. You could rule not half the world, but the whole of it, alone.’, Eager as Caesar was for war already, this speech increased. Full search She might have struck aside their swords, made them clasp hands, as the Sabine women stood between their husbands and their fathers, and brought about reconciliation. Gathering his forces together, encouraged, by the vastness, of his army, to greater things, Caesar advanced through Italy, occupying the nearest towns. shadow of a mighty name. Now once more, he plans illegal conflict, to escape the taint. If the sun’s light were streaming from Nemean, Leo, then fire would bathe the world, the upper. Nor will heaven fail us. Fate worked to justify. over the earth, and shut tight the iron gates of warlike Janus. its power so the rest of the army could ford it with ease. And Figulus, whose aim it was to know the gods, and the secrets of the heavens, he whom not even, Egyptian Memphis equalled in stellar observation. Finding Caesar turning over alternative paths in his mind. Earth ceased turning on its axis; the Alpine chain. to rumour, and dreads the nameless evils he invents. Book VII:303-336 Caesar launches the attack Today before us is this war’s punishment or reward. If you’d have me despoil the gods, fire their temples, the furnace that coins an army’s pay shall melt their. Let all that region of the sky be clear, and no cloud hide our sight, of Caesar. and Earth would vanish under a waste of waters. What kind of ruin, O gods, does your anger, prepare, and by what means? It was a chain of fatal. I sing of a worse than civil war, of war fought between kinsmen, over Pharsalia’s plains, of wickedness deemed justice; of how. obstacle to his supremacy, happy to clear a path through ruin. did those three unite their strength to rule the world between them? This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. Book 8 was written by Aulus Hirtius, after Caesar's death. helplessly offering its unprotected neck to the blow. May the gods. (1.1.18-23) The Belgians begin from the farthest borders of Gaul, they extent for the lower part of the Rhine river, they look into the North and the rising sun. Rome with its citizens and subject, peoples, a Rome that could well hold the whole, human race collected, was left a ready prize, to Caesar, by cowardly hands. When Caesar's letter was delivered to the consuls, they were with great difficulty, and a hard struggle of the tribunes, prevailed on to suffer it to be read in the senate; but the tribunes could not prevail, that any question should be put to the senate on the subject of the letter.The consuls put the question on the regulation of the state. Roused from sleep, leaping from their beds, men snatched at the weapons. The Commentaries of Caesar. with a crash of the heavens, filling the human mind with terror, dazzling the eye with its slanting flame. The Aquitanians extend from the Garonne river to the Pyrean mountains and that part of the Ocean which is near Spain; it looks between the setting of the sun and the north. A military leader of legendary genius, Caesar was also a great writer, recording the events of his life with incomparable immediacy and power. Book 1. Win a few battles and Rome that subdued the world is yours. and also concerns itself with giving us an idea of the different cultures of the Germans and the Gauls. What peaceful harbour shall they find when weakened by age? against us, tainted by breach of treaty with slaughtered Cotta; the Vangiones, loose-trousered like the Sarmatians; the fierce, Batavians whose courage is roused by a blare of curved bronze, trumpets. Lightning flared endlessly from a deceptively clear sky, and the flames flickering in the heavens took sundry. and uncertainly under their breath. We were the first to feel. We use cookies for essential site functions and for social media integration. of the south incline, from there your light would fall aslant on Rome. Gaius Julius CAESAR (100 - 44 BCE), translated by Thomas Rice HOLMES (1855 - 1933) Commentarii de Bello Gallico (English: Commentaries on the Gallic War) is Julius Caesar's firsthand account of the Gallic Wars, written as a third-person narrative. bringing armed leaders down to the level of the crowd. We use cookies for social media and essential site functions. a check to imminent war. Shall the ground open and cities be swallowed. With Crassus’ spirit still wandering un-avenged. I see Pangaeus. Civil Wars. at noon. favours me, and summons me to power, they challenge me. giants, even such wickedness and crime is not too high a price to pay. The lives of many. CAESAR'S COMMENTARIES of THE CIVIL WAR. For, the world conquered, and fortune showering excessive, wealth on Rome, virtue yielded to riches, and those enemy spoils drew, men to luxury. Where shall they find a place to live, what fields to cultivate, what walls to protect their war-torn flesh? Book 1--- 50 B.C. An XML version of this text is available for download, you have endured too much and held back too long. Shall Pompey grant. But soon he spoke: ‘O, Jupiter, God, of Thunder, who gazes from the Tarpeian Rock over, the walls of the mighty city; O Trojan household gods. The First Spanish campaign – Ilerda 8. But Caesar possessed more. changes, storing new additions in a versioning system. no loyalty between sharers in tyranny; power endures no partner. Behind them walked the lesser priests, girded in Gabine, fashion; the Vestal Virgins led by the priestess, her, brow bound with sacred ribbons, she alone allowed, to set eyes on Trojan Minerva; and next the Fifteen. colonies to his pirates? nearby, crouches at first, uncertain, rousing himself to rage. a modest spring it is parched by the heat of summer, but then its volume was increased by winter, its waters, swollen by the third rising of a rain-bearing moon, with its moisture-laden horns, and by Alpine snows. re-cast what we saw, the entrails prove false, and the arts of our founder Tages mere invention!’. Once Caesar had crossed and reached the Italian shore. who summon Cybele from her bath in Almo’s brook; then the Augurs, who read the meaning of bird-flight. Such a people took no pleasure. Thus when Crassus, who kept those fierce competitors apart, died, pitifully, drenching Syrian Carrhae with Roman blood, that defeat, by Parthia let loose the furies on Rome. Outline of Books 1–5 and 6.11–24 17 Bibliography 21 Julius Caesar – Commentaries on the Gallic War Book I 27 Book II 73 Book III 95 Book IV 113 Book V137 Book VI.11–24 167 A Companion to Caesar 177 Latin Morphology 177 Latin Syntax 218 The Geography of Caesar’s Commentaries 251 The Roman Art of War in Caesar’s Time 254 Vocabulary 263 I’ll dare to invade the fields of Italy, mark out the lines; whatever walls you’d level these arms will drive the ram, and break their stones apart, though the city you doom, to utter destruction, be Rome herself.’ All the cohorts. takes the Saône in its swift course, and bears it onwards to the sea, where tribes live perched on the mountain heights among the snowy. O, evilly joined together, blinded by excessive greed, to what end. This edition of the Civil War replaces the earlier Loeb Classical Library edition by A. G. Peskett (1914) with new text, translation, introduction, and bibliography. with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. the Sequani who delight in wheeling their bridled horses; the Belgae, skilled in driving war-chariots of others devising, and the Arvernian tribe who falsely claim kinship with Rome, through descent from Troy; the Nervii, prone to rebel endlessly. So a storm drives a lightning-bolt through the clouds, its flare. that general saw a vision of his motherland in distress. The contest was, unequal, Pompey being somewhat past his prime, long used. The reddish waters of the Rubicon glide through, the valleys and serve as the boundary between, the land of Gaul and the farms of Italy. lost the ancient snow from its shivering summits; and the sea flooded Calpe and far Atlas in the west. Book 3--- 48-47 B.C. As for the battle narrative itself, it concerns an early revolt of several tribes, quelled by Caesar and Labienus. Even men posted to keep the long-haired Cayci from the Belgae, abandoned the Rhine’s savage shores, heading for Rome, and all. Pharsalia (aka "The Civil War") BOOK I The Crossing of the Rubicon Online Medieval and Classical Library Release #16b. My sacrifice finds favour, not with mighty Jove, but with the infernal gods who enter the body, of this dead bull. from their northern home, are following on behind him; the order given that Rome be sacked by savage tribesmen, before their very eyes. But now the strictures of war silence law; driven from our, city, we suffer exile willingly; for your victory will render us. Great things destroy themselves: such is the limit the gods place, on all success. he cried: ‘I, when my voice could serve your interests, Caesar, when I was allowed to take the Rostrum, cementing waverers. Books. Part I: The Struggle Begins 1. to where he had risen. Bacchus from Nysa: you alone grant power to Roman verse. Perceiving the prediction, of profound disaster, he cried aloud: ‘I scarcely. to the toga and forgetting in peace how to play a general’s part; courting adulation, lavish with his gifts to the people of Rome, swayed by popularity, overjoyed by the clamour that greeted him. southerly wind, clouds veiled the mournful light. all law, and vicious crime be called virtue. For now, when Julia, Caesar’s daughter, Pompey’s wife, was cut down by fate, she bore with her to the Shades the bonds. of affinity, and a marriage turned, by that dread omen, to mourning. View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document. We have his books of Commentarii (notes): eight on his wars in Gaul, 58–52 BC, including the two expeditions to Britain 55–54, and three on the civil war of 49–48. with the white hair streaming from her turreted head, as with torn tresses and naked arms she stood before him. quarter of the skies, nothing material prevents its course; mighty in its descent and its retreat it spreads destruction. I sing of a worse than civil war, of war fought between kinsmen. complaint echoing in their minds: ‘Alas for our town. of victory? Click anywhere in the thrust so deep: those blows from the hands of kinfolk strike home. The bards too, who in their verses sing the praise of famous heroes killed, in battle, poured out lays at their ease. were freed from their station; the gentle Aude and the Var, at the boundary of an enlarged Italy, joyed to bear no Roman. Nor was the prize of such madness a dominion over land and sea. Power was divided by the sword; the wealth of an imperial people, who ruled the sea, the land, possessed the globe, was not enough. for two. followers? First he decreed that those monstrous, infants be destroyed, whom Nature at odds with herself, engendered from no true seed, ordering the vile. Proud as they were, and unafraid of bloodshed, they were torn by love for, their country and its gods, till recalled to fear of Caesar, and a dire propensity for slaughter. that an infamous poisoning failed to end, and now am I, Caesar, to be Pompey’s crowning task, for failing to surrender eagles. on the further side, he halted on territory proscribed to them: ‘Here I relinquish peace,’ he cried, ‘and the law already, scorned, to follow you, my Fortune. With them was daring Curio of the venal tongue, once. The faithful, inspired by fierce. taught wickedness by Sulla and in line to outdo his teacher. rule, before turning on herself; she has never yet lacked enemies. The Treviri rejoiced at the army’s leaving, and the close-cropped Ligurians who once outdid their long-haired, neighbours with flowing locks that adorned their necks, and those, who, with pitiful victims, placate their harsh Teutatis, their Esus, whose savage shrines make men shudder, their Taranis whose, altar is no less cruel than that of Scythian Diana. The branches of the panting lungs, were indistinct, with only a thin membrane separating, the vital organs. with its forehead, is encouraged further by the shouting. You may accept or manage cookie usage at any time. So saying she fell, abandoned, her frenzy spent. Intransigence at Rome 2. for the blood with which you drenched the northern fields, for winter, wounds and death beneath the Alps? The heart was flattened, the flesh. yielding second place to Caesar’s victories in Gaul; while Caesar, used to battle, inured to endless effort, was driven by an ambition. Please refer to our Privacy Policy. Once swallowed, blood will never allow the throat it has, tainted to rid itself of the taste of cruelty. So some oak-tree towers in a rich grove. Caesar: The Civil War. air burning would be consumed by the solar chariot. Those who tilled. This work may be freely reproduced, stored and transmitted, electronically or otherwise, for any non-commercial purpose. © Copyright 2000-2020 A. S. Kline, All Rights Reserved. Do you lack faith in us? Their rays are quiet now, but Mars, what dire, purpose have you in rousing the threatening. the sun revolves in his endless task, while night, in the sky above. the weight; balance heaven by holding the centre of the sphere. in headlong flight wherever their haste might lead, pouring onwards in long unbroken streams. It is wrong to ask who had the greatest right, to seek war; each had great authority to support him: if the victor, had the gods on his side, the defeated had Cato. reverting to primal chaos, star will clash with star in confusion, the fiery constellations will sink into the sea, and earth heaving, upwards her flat shores will throw off the ocean, the moon will, move counter to her brother, and claiming the rule of day disdain, to drive her chariot on its slanting path, and the whole discordant. the fearful people, but worse was to follow. Raise your standards, long victorious! encounter on the wide plains that pasture Bevagna’s bulls; that Caesar’s foreign horsemen scoured the region where, the Nar meets the Tiber; that the general, advancing with, all his gathered eagles and standards led his columns in, full march, halting in crowded bivouacs. her speech broken by sobbing: ‘Where are you marching. Gone, the soldiers who held the land of the Nemes, and the banks of the Adour, where the Tarbellians hem in the sea, that beats gently against the winding shore. frame of the shattered firmament will break free of every law. all too bright? Such was Megaera, who as agent of Juno’s cruelty. Caesar, finding civil war so eagerly welcomed by his men, and finding fortune favourable, granted destiny no delay, due to idleness, but summoned all his forces scattered. The Civil Wars. Let us employ the power we have created.

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