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De Bello Gallico

an Other Commentaries

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 162,068 / 470 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 4,769
Added to site: 2004.06.30 7939
Genre: Essays

Translated by W. A. MacDevitt

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ted love for Caesar appeared in another and more difficult illustration: it was a traditionary anecdote in Rome that the majority of those amongst Caesar's troops who had the misfortune to fall into the enemy's hands refused to accept their lives under the condition of serving against him.

In connexion with this subject of his extraordinary munificence, there is one aspect of Caesar's life which has suffered much from the misrepresentations of historians, and that is--the vast pecuniary embarrassments under which he laboured, until the profits of war had turned the scale even more prodigiously in his favour. At one time of his life, when appointed to a foreign office, so numerous and so clamorous were his creditors that he could not have left Rome on his public duties had not Crassus come forward with assistance in money, or by guarantees, to the amount of nearly two hundred thousand pounds. And at another he was accustomed to amuse himself with computing how much money it would require to make hi



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