A View to a Death John Timbers

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Published: August 14th 2009

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230 pages


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A View to a Death  by  John Timbers

A View to a Death by John Timbers
August 14th 2009 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 230 pages | ISBN: | 8.14 Mb

A View to a Death covers the two-year period in Caesar’s Gallic Wars (53-52 BC), during which some of the most savage fighting took place, not all of it in Gaul itself. Caesar himself makes no coment in his Commentaries on the brief but decisive warMoreA View to a Death covers the two-year period in Caesar’s Gallic Wars (53-52 BC), during which some of the most savage fighting took place, not all of it in Gaul itself.

Caesar himself makes no coment in his Commentaries on the brief but decisive war – if one can dignify it with the name – waged by his one-time sponsor and friend, Marcus Licinius Crassus against the Parthians. Arguably the richest man in Rome at the time, Crassus had financed Julius Caesar’s early years in his ascent to power and had been one of his two partners in what came to be known as the Triumvirate, together with Pompey.In 53 BC Crassus set out for Syria and Mesopotamia determined to prove his own credentials as a great general alongside Caesar and Pompey and thus reclaim his ‘rightful’ position as one of the top three powers in the land.

This disastrous episode in Rome’s history is brought to life with the insertion of Marcus in his rôle as Caesar’s special envoy to Pompey.The second half deals with the major Gallic rebellion against Caesar’s presence in Gaul, a presence he claimed to be for their own good and at their own instigation, but which the Gauls saw as tantamount to annexation by Rome.Follow here the progress of Caesar’s campaign against one of Gaul’s great folk heroes, Vercingetorix, and see why he became such a legend to his people, commemorated in France to this day.



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