Julius Caesar: The Civil War Book III




In the third and final book which he wrote about his campaigns in the Civil War, Julius Caesar tells the story of his fight with Pompey in 48 B.C. which ended in the rout of the latter at Pharsalus, perhaps Caesar's most notable military victory. The book ends with Caesar pursuing Pompey to Egypt. Here began Caesar's celebrated affair with Cleopatra. At this point the book, and the whole work, ends abruptly. J. M. Carter’s edition and commentary on Caesar's The Civil War Books I–III is the first complete commentary in English for a hundred years and is considerably more detailed than currently available annotated texts and translations in other languages. The main emphasis of the commentary is historical, but Caesar's literary technique is also scrutinised. The Latin text is newly constituted with a brief apparatus criticus. Latin text with facing-page English translation, introduction and commentary.

J. M. Carter was Senior Lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London, and an authority on the Late Republican and Augustan periods.

"A sound, independently constructed, judicious and readable text... a clear and idiomatic translation... authoritative and sensitive annotations... indispensable."
Classical Review

"This volume with its extensive and authoritative commentary of some 96 pages, seems to avoid any charge of trying to please too many people. It is a scholarly work with useful references and cross-references."
London Association of Classical Teachers


Author Information

John Carter retired from a Senior Lectureship at Royal Holloway, University of London in 1992. His most recent translation is the Greek historian Appian's account of the Roman Civil Wars (1996).

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography and Abbreviations
The Civil War Book III Text and Translation
The Civil War Book III Commentary