W. Jeffery Tatum, PhD

W. Jeffery Tatum, PhD W. Jeffrey Tatum is professor of classics at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of The Patrician Tribune: Publius Clodius Pulcher (University of North Carolina, 1999), Always I am Caesar (Blackwell, 2008), and A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry (Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2012), as well as articles and book chapters on Roman history and Latin literature.

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  • A Caesar Reader: Selections from Bellum Gallicum and Bellum Civile, and from Caesar's Letters, Speeches, and Poetry

    Author: W. Jeffery Tatum
    Product Code: 696X
    ISBN: 978-0-86516-696-7

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    A mature but accessible Latin, a narrative brimming with historical significance and fascination: these were once touted as obvious advantages of reading Caesar's Bellum Gallicum. A change in sensibilities, however, read Rome’s brutal invasion and conquest of northern Europe as problematic, if not disturbing. But questions about the validity of Rome’s actions—and of Caesar's, especially in his later Bellum Civile—are precisely what make these commentaries compelling to read and to discuss. Additional selections from Caesar's letters, speeches, and poetry offer fresh perspectives on his stylistic versatility. Tatum’s commentary guides readers through it all, pointing up Caesar's significance as a representative of his age, culture, and class, while not skirting issues raised by the "intriguingly unsimple mentality" that gave us these works.