LAT 323 • Caesar
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This class offers an opportunity to read Caesar's own account of his attempted invasion of Britain and his celebrated description of the customs of the Germans and Gauls (including Druidism) in books IV, V & VI of De bello Gallico, and to appreciate his fine prose style, a style that is praised (by Cicero himself among others) for its clarity and swiftness of expression. To better understand the uniqueness of this style we will, on occasion, compare specific passages of Cicero and Sallust on class handouts. We shall examine how Caesar makes forced marches take but a minute, how he outlines his battle plans, his manner of reporting speeches or communications, his characterization of the principals in his narrative. We will find drama, heroism, human interest, cultural information, and even some humor hidden inside his dispatches from the front.
De bello Gallico IV, ed. D.A.S. John (Bristol Classical Press 1987). De bello Gallico VI, ed. E.C. Kennedy (Bristol Classical Press 1992).