The Conquest of Gaul
Gaius Julius Caesar was born 100 B.C. in Rome to the impoverished patrician Julian Clan, and know knew controversy early age. Through this conflicts he slowly but surely throughout his lifetime worked his way up the political ladder, becoming Consul and finally Dictator Perpeteus, or Dictator for life. He is deemed as one of the most influential political and military leaders of all time, a highly intelligent man and an exceptional orator. Acquiring this absolute power however, was no easy feat, and Caesar had well equipped himself through previous expeditions of Europe and the ancient world with all the resources necessary to gain power in Ancient Rome.
One such "expedition" was Julius Caesar's conquest of Gaul. On this expedition, Caesar went to great lengths to write a thorough book about his conquest, and to justify his expenditures to the Roman public and Senate. Through Gaul, Caesar found a way to acquire power and prestige for himself within the Roman political arena. It is debated however as to why Caesar wrote about Gaul, whether it be to bask in his glory of his nine-year campaign or to use as propaganda for the political upheaval he would soon mount against Rome.
Therefore, Caesar's conquest of Gaul was incidental to his rise to power, and was merely used as a "stepping-stone" by which he could climb further up the political ladder, a closer to his goal of absolute power. His conquest of Gaul gave him all the resources necessary to climb the political ladder wealth, popular support by the people of Rome, and, most importantly of all, the support of a staunchly loyal and experienced army.He used the book to also justify the most expensive military campaign in history to his opponents and the Roman Senate. He includes large lists of items such as horses, men, supplies etc. in an attempt to explain how and why he was doing what he was doing and with what amounts he was doing it with. Gaul was comprised of many future...