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One of the best army commanders in background, Julius Caesar's most renowned crusade - the conquest of Gaul - was once to him little greater than a stepping stone to strength. An audacious and decisive basic, his victories over the Gauls allowed him to problem for the political management of Rome. major a unmarried legion around the Rubicon in forty nine BC, Caesar introduced a civil warfare that may sign the top of the Roman Republic and bring in the Roman Empire less than his followed son, Octavian. This research seems to be on the components in the back of Caesar's quite a few battlefield successes, particularly the well-known Caesariana celeritas - Caesar's pace of notwithstanding and motion.

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The highest centurial rank was that of primus pilus, ‘first spear’, the chief centurion of the legion who nominally commanded the first century in the first cohort. It was only in Caesar’s day that these men become prominent. In his commentarii, it is the centurion more than any other grade of officer who receives attention and praise, both collectively and as named individuals. 2). These men are depicted as heroic figures, men who inspire the soldiers under their command through their conspicuous courage.

Yet now he was addressing the battle-hardened veterans as citizens, just men off the street. He was implying, of course, that he now considered them discharged from his service. Possibly raised by Caesar personally when he was governor of Hispania Ulterior (61–60 BC), legio X was with him in Gaul (58–49 BC), Iberia (49 BC), and fought at Pharsalus (48 BC) and Thapsus (46 BC). The survivors were discharged en masse after 16 years service (46–45 BC), but were fighting again at Munda (45 BC). The legion’s emblem was the bull, perhaps reflecting its Caesarian origin, as Although the anonymous author of Bellum Alexandrinum (possibly Aulus Hirtius) barely mentions her by name (which is remarkable in itself), the thrice-married Caesar certainly succumbed to the magnetic charms of Cleopatra.

Qxd:1 11/3/10 10:45 Page 33 those of many Roman commanders of the period, and certainly no different from the campaigns of Sulla or Pompey, both of whom looked for short and lively wars (Goldsworthy 1998: 76–115). 18). As far as a general is concerned, bodily courage is but one quality and his soldiers certainly ask more of him than mere bravery. Keegan (1987: 315–38) has laid down what he sees as the five basic categories of command: first, kinship, the creation of a bond between the commander and his men; second, prescription, the direct verbal contact between the commander and his men; third, sanctions, the system of rewards and punishments operated by the commander; fourth, the imperative of action, the commander’s strategic/tactical preparation and intelligence; and fifth, the imperative of example, the physical presence of the commander in battle and the sharing of risk.

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