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Is this apparent story about how Julius Caesar selected soldiers true?

No, not true. That's a direct copy of a biblical story, Judges 7. In that story Gideon has to select his soldiers. He has too many volunteers. The Lord leads them to drink at a river. There the Lord ...
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How did the Druids learn the Greek language by the time of Caesar's campaign in Gaul?

They most probably got that knowledge from cultural exchange with the greek city-states from southern France, like Massilia (Marseille), which was founded around 600 BCE and had plenty of relations ...
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Did Julius Caesar say: "Africa, I have grabbed you"?

It apparently happened during Caesar's campaign against Scipio and Juba in 47BC, part of the wider Roman Civil War that was fought from 49–45BC. The story was recorded by Suetonius (Life of Julius ...
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What do these terms in Caesar's Gallic Wars mean?

It is, perhaps easier to understand when compared with a map: image source Wikimedia CC BY-SA 4.0 Now, Caesar's meaning should be a little more clear. When he says: "The Belgae rises from the ...
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Did Julius Caesar reduce the number of slaves?

Did Caesar reduce the number of slaves? Possibly, but we have no convincing evidence or reliable statistics with which to make such a statement with any certainty. The passage you cited seems to have ...
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Why didn't Caesar move against Sextus Pompey immediately after Munda?

Although Julius Caesar did not at first consider Sextus Pompey to be a significant threat, he eventually sent forces against him when his old rival's youngest son began to gather strength. Sextus ...
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How did the Druids learn the Greek language by the time of Caesar's campaign in Gaul?

It's quite possible, but don't be so credulous of Caesar's judgement and reporting. Not everything he's written has turned out to be 100% accurate. I don't know about the nuances of the original Latin,...
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What happened to Caesar's hostages in Gaul?

they were not killed or sold into slavery unless a breach of loyality occured. That would end Caesars ability to hold the givers in sway through them, and enrage the gauls (hostages were demanded to ...
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Was Marc Antony with Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon?

This is an interesting question, and one which I have heard debated by Roman historians/archaeologists more than once. You are right that in his Life of Marc Antony, Plutarch says: Antony himself ...
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Why didn't Caesar move against Sextus Pompey immediately after Munda?

I subscribe to the simpler explanation: Sextus Pompey was overshadowed by his elder brother Gnaues Pompeius (Pompey the Younger) and, of course, their father - Pompey (Pompey the Great). Until their ...
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How did the Druids learn the Greek language by the time of Caesar's campaign in Gaul?

First of all, there is inscriptional evidence that the Eastern Greek Alphabet was indeed used to write the Gaulish language in gallia narbonensis. The actual alphabet and some inscriptions are shown ...
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Was Marc Antony with Julius Caesar when he crossed the Rubicon?

I've been wondering whether to expand on why neither of the versions is entirely accepted. I've decided to add this as a separate answer so as to avoid creating any further confusion in my answer ...
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Did Caesar comment on the intellectual curiosity of the Gauls?

I can't comment on the nature of curiosity (whether childish or intellectual), but the editors of the book Caesar: Gallic War, Books I-V:iIn the chapter on Transalpine Gaul, make the following ...
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Why didn't Caesar hire free men to do slave work?

Most important: nobody was interested in reducing or abolishing slavery. Roman society, and all Mediterranean societies, were slave-based. Caesar would not gain any popularity by reducing the number ...
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How did the Druids learn the Greek language by the time of Caesar's campaign in Gaul?

Other answers indicate the prevalence of colonization, I add this one to suggest a reason why remote colonies would be founded (it's a long way from Britain and France to Greece). If you want to make ...
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Gaulish logistics during Caesar's invasion

It would be a mistake to characterize the Gauls (as Roman writing often does of any foreigners) as primitive. They were an exemplar of the La Tene material culture, to which Rome owes much of its ...
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How did the Druids learn the Greek language by the time of Caesar's campaign in Gaul?

In addition to the answer already given, the Celts were certainly aware of the Greeks by the 3rd century BCE, as they had formed a colony in Asia minor and were slowly being Hellenized. It's not ...
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Why didn't Caesar move against Sextus Pompey immediately after Munda?

Caesar did not depart "for Parthia". Although that was later embellished to be on his table as plans, it is not what he did. He returned to Rome to hold an "unpopular triumph", after he defeated his ...
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Why doesn't Eusebius of Caesarea mention Julian calendar in his Chronicle?

Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar as the official calendar of the Roman government, army, and religion and the civil calendar to be used by Roman citizens. Many cities and provinces in ...
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Did Julius Caesar say: "Africa, I have grabbed you"?

Actually, correct quote is : "teneo te, Africa". In Suetone's text, it reads : "teneo te, inquit, Africa" but "inquit" (and note "inuit"), only means "he said".
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What specifically did Caesar believe he would be charged with had he disbanded his army?

To answer the specific question asked, I think @Jos 's comment "Basically anything that would fly. Up to and including parking a chariot on a handicap spot. It would be a political show trial.&...
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What specifically did Caesar believe he would be charged with had he disbanded his army?

The real problem of that time in Rome was the concentration of power in one person, and the risk of having a absolute monarch. While Rome was a small nation, they prevented this problem having two ...
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What specifically did Caesar believe he would be charged with had he disbanded his army?

The point was not the disbandment of his army but that he could not be charged with crimes as long as he was consul. So his enemys wanted to bring the election forward in order to get a chance to ...
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Why didn't Caesar hire free men to do slave work?

Being a paid field worker and a settled farmer are quite not the same. Owning land means independence and place in the community (And the ability to be conscripted as pre-Marian legionary. Although by ...
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Did Julius Caesar ban low-birth people wearing pearls?

Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus, "De Vitis Caesarum", 43: Lecticarum usum, item conchyliatae vestis et margaritarum nisi certis personis et aetatibus perque certos dies ademit. In classical ...
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How important was the war against Vercingetorix to the Romans?

On it's own probably not such a great deal. Caesar's invasion of Gaul had already grossly exceeded the goal of safeguarding the allied Aedui, the purported reason for the invasion in 58bc. The ...
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Did Julius Caesar say: "Africa, I have grabbed you"?

This is very good question. Suetonius really wrote that Caesar said it. By the way, its position in Suetonius' book indicates that this statement is, according to Suetonius, a blasphemy and thus this ...
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