Commentarii de Bello Civili

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Commentarii de Bello Civili
(Commentaries on the Civil War)
AuthorJulius Caesar
LanguageClassical Latin
SubjectHistory, Military history
PublisherJulius Caesar
Publication date
? 50s or 40s BC
Preceded byCommentarii de Bello Gallico 
Followed byde Bello Alexandrino 

Commentarii de Bello Civili (literally Commentaries on the Civil War in Latin) is an account written by Julius Caesar of his war against Pompey and the Senate. Shorter than its counterpart on the Gallic War, only three books long, and possibly unfinished, it covers the events of 49-48 BC, from shortly before Caesar's invasion of Italy to Pompey's defeat at the Battle of Pharsalus and flight to Egypt with Caesar in pursuit. It closes with Pompey assassinated, Caesar attempting to mediate rival claims to the Egyptian throne, and the beginning of the Alexandrian War.

Caesar's authorship of the Commentarii de Bello Civili is not disputed. However, its continuations on the Alexandrian, African and Hispanic wars are believed to have been written by others: the 2nd century historian Suetonius suggested Aulus Hirtius and Gaius Oppius as possible authors.[1]


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