Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great were two of the greatest generals Rome had ever produced. Together they had brought vast stretches of territory under Roman dominion.
In 49 BC they turned against each other and plunged Rome into civil war.
Legion was pitched against legion in a vicious battle for political domination of the vast Roman world. Based on Caesar's own account of the war, Goldsworthy provides an account of this desperate power struggle.
The armies were evenly matched but in the end Caesar's genius as a commander and his great good luck brought him victory in 45 BC.
Background to war: The First Triumvirate
Warring sides: Legion against legion
Outbreak: Crossing the Rubicon
The fighting: Civil War
Portrait of a soldier : Caesar’s centurions
The world around war: A Mediterranean war
Portrait of a civilian: Cicero and the Civil War
How the war ended: The Ides of March
Conclusion and consequences: Civil Wars and the end of the Republic
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