Chapter Twelve. Bellum Gallicum

  1. Miriam Griffin Emeritus Fellow
  1. Christina S. Kraus

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch12

A Companion to Julius Caesar

A Companion to Julius Caesar

How to Cite

Kraus, C. S. (2009) Bellum Gallicum, in A Companion to Julius Caesar (ed M. Griffin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308440.ch12

Editor Information

  1. Somerville College, Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. New York University, University College London, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405149235

Online ISBN: 9781444308440



  • Caesar's extant writings;
  • Bellum Gallicum;
  • Caesar's seven-book history - events in and around Gaul between 58 and 52 BC;
  • form, voice, and style - BG read (or misread) within Caesar's lifetime as a work serving as basis for more ornate histories;
  • war narratives - possible approaches to BG as a piece of military narrative;
  • Hostes, milites, cives - conventional military narrative dividing focus between the enemy and us, even when, in Pogo's words, “he is us”;
  • work of war - ancient military narrative, poetry and prose, with well-established conventions of image


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Form, Voice, and Style

  • War Narratives

  • Further Reading