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Caesar’s De Bello Gallico is his first hand account of what happened throughout the Gallic Wars. Caesar was the governor of Roman Gaul and was a commander/general highly ranked in the Roman army. He is basically sending these letters back to the senators in Rome as updates about what is going on throughout the wars. He writes his book in the third person for the most part, if not all of it, and does this to distance himself a little bit from being the author so that he can boast about his successes. Caesar is very immodest in the book and builds himself up by exaggerating his abilities, authority, and accomplishments with his own troops as well as when he is fighting against the enemies’ troops. Chapter forty and chapter forty-one happen towards the latter end of book five. In book five, Caesar calls on his troops to make as many ships as possible for the purpose of being ready to fight in Britain when the spring rolls around. Caesar finds himself worried about Belgic Gaul for a short while, as the two leaders, Indutiomarus and Cingetorix, are both seeking to gain power of the Treveri. Caesar plans to take many Gallic hostages with him to Britain to discourage any kind of revolt while the Romans are fighting in Britain. One of the hostages in Dumnorix, a rebel, who flees and is then hunted down and killed by Caesar’s command. The Romans navigate to Britain to start their attacks, but a big storm damages many of their ships once they get there. Many British tribes that were previously warring with each other, join together to front the threat, and elect Cassivellaunus as their leader. Caesar finds out where their stronghold is along the Thames river and comes down on them hard. A British tribe called the Trinovantes, among other tribes that follow the example, offer an alliance with Rome, and out of it Caesar learns the position of Cassivellaunus and attacks him. Cassivellaunus fights back and attacks some ships, but loses the battles, surrenders, and Caesar returns to Roman Gaul before winter. The grain supply is limited, and the Roman troops have to winter with the Belgic tribes. Roman troops witnering with the Eburones are attacked by them and led by Ambiorix and Cativolcus. Ambiorix tricks the Romans by saying that the attack was not sanctioned by him but there is big German army coming. The Romans believe him and leave, but are then ambushed by the Eburones when marching away, and most everyone dies. Quintus Tullius Cicero’s troops are wintering with the Nervii, where Belgic tribes attack them, leaving Cicero’s men cornered and outnumbered.

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