Julius Caesar: Commentarii de Bello Civili [Commentaries on the Civil War]

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The Bellum Civile (BC) is an account of the civil war between Caesar and Pompey from the collapse of their relationship in 50 to the decisive battle of Pharsalus in 48 BCE and succeeding events which resulted in the siege of Alexandria and Caesar’s support for Cleopatra. The work is composed of three books, whose contents may be summarized as follows:

Book 1 (50-49 BCE): Caesar opens with a short account of the outbreak of the civil war; he emphasizes the unwillingness of his optimate enemies to respect his dignitas (‘rank’ or ‘standing’) and the threats they made against tribunes of the plebs. In response, he rapidly overruns Italy, and chases Pompey to Brundisium. Unfortunately for …

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Stevenson, Thomas Reginald. "Commentarii de Bello Civili". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2009
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