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date: 30 November 2022

Bellum Africumlocked

Bellum Africumlocked

  • Christopher Pelling

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Bellum Africum, a record of *Caesar's war in Africa (winter 47–46 bce). Its 98 chapters have some literary pretensions and merit, though the military narrative is too slow and painstaking for modern tastes. Its authorship was uncertain even in antiquity (Suet. Iul. 56. 1). The style shows diversity and suggests some education; the content points to a trained soldier who took part in the campaign, though not a man in Caesar's confidence. The attribution to A. *Hirtius (see bellum alexandrinum) is impossible.

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  • Latin Literature

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