Olivia Coolidge is well known for her stories and novels set in ancient times -- The Trojan War, Roman People, and Egyptian Myths being three of her best examples. With the same expert narrative that characterized these, she turns to Caesar's dramatic period in Gaul, a time of ever constant strife, and brings to life the chaos of those years. This is a long but fascinating record of the battles he fought, of the loyal members of his legions of the enemy he sought to conquer. The author bases her account on Caesar's own Commentaries and given credence to all he mentions in colorful terms. Caesar- the barbarian, the courageous soldier, the lauded leader of men -- emerges vividly. Thus the book insures fugure understanding of the more traditional writings and is a fine introduction of Roman history and to second year Latin.