Julius Caesar: The Civil War Books I & II




Julius Caesar's own narrative of the opening year of the Civil War between himself and Pompey is the only surviving account from the classical world of such a conflict written by one of the principals. The apparent clarity of the narrative, and the limpidity and economy of Caesar's style, in fact conceal a tendentious presentation of both his own and his opponent’s motives, actions and competence. The influence of dramatic structures on the selection and combination of events related by Caesar is also important. The commentary therefore aims to elucidate not only matters directly referred to in the text, but the whole context of their presentation. Latin text with facing-page translation, introduction and commentary. First published in 1991, the paperback was reprinted with minor corrections in 2003.

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.


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
Table of Dates
Select Bibliography and Abbreviations
The Civil War Text and Translation of Books I & II
The Civil War Commentary on Books I & II
Index to the Text