Macdonald, John Dalton
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This paper examines the prose style, genre, diction, and dramatic structures of Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic and Civil War. The paper utilizes these elements in order to uncover the way in which Caesar used repetition and representation to validate and justify his own illegal actions. The repetition, contrast, selection, and sequence present a consistent argument about the causes of the war and who was responsible. Caesar considered it his duty to save the republic from the privatizing efforts of the Pompeians and therefore endeavored to generate hostile sentiments towards them in regards to the causes of the war. Caesar is willing to misrepresent facts and to distort episodes in order to achieve his goal of de-familiarizing and de-Romanizing Pompey, his commanders, and his army. This paper aims to prove that Caesar did not write as an indifferent reporter, but rather, as one motivated to save the republic and, even Rome itself, from the clutches of Pompey and his supporters.