Caesar’s Gallic War 1

Beta Edition for Book 1 of  De Bello Gallico

1. Caesar’s De Bello Gallico I: (9.2 mb .pdf, updated 27Mar13) This is an early beta of Caesar’s Gallic War Book 1. The .pdf includes the text and facing commentary for all of Book 1 as well as a running core vocabulary (5 or more times in Book 1) in the introduction, an alphabetized core vocabulary in the glossary, and some noun and verb synopses. I have yet (1) to add macrons to the Latin text for the second half of the book and (2) to revise the grammatical boxes throughout the commentary.

The commentary has not been proofread and I have not added a number of grammatical boxes that one should expect in a polished revision. Readers will also note that the first few sections in this commentary overlap with the selections in College Caesar.

As a Latin teacher, I have had great success teaching the Helvetian Campaign (I.1-12, 21-29) to my Latin III students (roughly 30-35 students per class). I strongly recommend this selection for Latin teachers and students who wish to prepare for the selections in Caesar on the latest AP Latin syllabus.

2. Crude Outline of Caesar’s Political Rhetoric in the Helvetian Campaign: This .pdf is intended to serve as inspiration for those who wish to understand Caesar’s rhetoric but may not have read Caesar before. (I review these passages with my Latin III students, and they write up our observations into an 8-10 page paper after reading the Latin.) If you do not understand a comment in the .pdf, please contact me.

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