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date: 29 November 2022

Bellum Alexandrinumlocked

Bellum Alexandrinumlocked

  • Christopher Pelling

Extract

Bellum Alexandrinum (‘Alexandrian War’), a work continuing *Caesar's commentary on the Civil War. Only the first 33 chapters deal with the war at *Alexandria (1); then follow the campaign of Cn. *Domitius Calvinus against *Pharnaces II (chs. 34–41), the war in Illyricum (42–7), the disturbances during Q. *Cassius Longinus' tenure in Spain (48–64), and finally Caesar's campaign against Pharnaces (65–78) ending in the victory at Zela (2 August 47). One view in antiquity (Suet. Iul. 56. 1) made *Hirtius the author of this work and also of the *Bellum Africum and the *Bellum Hispaniense; Hirtius himself writes, perhaps in anticipation, of completing a continuation down to Caesar's death (preface to B. Gall. 8). For this work, though not for the other two, stylistic comparison with Bellum Gallicum 8 makes his authorship quite possible.

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  • Latin Literature

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