Julius Caesar: The Commentaries On The Gallic War

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Druids existed since the classical era of 500 BCE. Historical documents about the Druids primarily came from the Roman civilization and old Irish sagas. The most infamous historical document is Julius Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico. Commentarii de Bello Gallico is a compilation of journals about the Julius Caesar’s Gallic War. The direct translations of these journals are titled the Commentaries on the Gallic War. These journals talk about Julius Caesar impressions and experiences in the Gallic War. During the Gallic War, there were two raising religions and show their cultural differences. The two religions are Christianity and Druidism. The journals depict his journey to Gaul as known in the modern day as France. Julius Caesar feared that the people of Gaul will revolt and take over the Roman Empire. So he waged war on the people of Gaul in 58 BC and the war ended in 51 BC. During this time Julius Caesar was just a general of Rome and he wanted to become emperor. Julius Caesar created this journal to have historical reference allowing him to take down an entire religion and boast his superiority for the Roman Empire. This will allow him to gain the respect from the roman people which eventually allowed him to become an emperor. When the …show more content…
Julius Caesar stumble upon this ancient religion called Druidism, during his journey to Gaul. Julius Caesar was interested in the religion and took notes of their traditions and cultural beliefs. From the Journals the Druids believe in animal-human sacrifices, nonjudgmental death, and rituals in tree groves (Caesar 147). Some of the stereotypes in this journal include that Druids were barbaric and had magical powers. Today we know that the Druids were people who are in tune with nature. This journal is a very good source for Druidism, but it doesn’t explain did all of the Druids in the Gaul

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