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natio omnis Gallorum est magnopere dedita religionibus, atque ob eam
causam ei, qui sunt affecti gravioribus morbis quique in proeliis
periculisque versantur, aut pro victimis homines immolant aut se
immolaturos esse vovent administrisque ad ea sacrificia Druidibus
utuntur, quod, nisi pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita, non posse
deorum immortalium numen placari arbitrantur: publiceque eiusdem
generis habent instituta sacrificia.
1- What is the 1st paragraph about?
It is a general introduction to religious sacrifices, their
nature and their purpose.
2- How can we say that Caesar is biased?
He only mentions human sacrifices, that the Romans
would have found very barbaric, although we know
that this was not the main type of sacrifices.…read more

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natio omnis Gallorum est magnopere dedita religionibus, atque ob eam
causam ei, qui sunt affecti gravioribus morbis quique in proeliis
periculisque versantur, aut pro victimis homines immolant aut se
immolaturos esse vovent administrisque ad ea sacrificia Druidibus
utuntur, quod, nisi pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita, non posse
deorum immortalium numen placari arbitrantur: publiceque eiusdem
generis habent instituta sacrificia.
3- Who is Caesar talking about?
natio omnis Gallorum (l.1): the whole nation of the Gauls.
4- How is the strength of the Celts' faith described?
Their faith is strong, they are devoted people:
- magnopere (l.1): greatly
- dedita (l.1): devoted…read more

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natio omnis Gallorum est magnopere dedita religionibus, atque ob eam
causam ei, qui sunt affecti gravioribus morbis quique in proeliis
periculisque versantur, aut pro victimis homines immolant aut se
immolaturos esse vovent administrisque ad ea sacrificia Druidibus
utuntur, quod, nisi pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita, non posse
deorum immortalium numen placari arbitrantur: publiceque eiusdem
generis habent instituta sacrificia.
5- What is Caesar precisely talking about?
religionibus (l.1): religious observances.
6- Who is sacrificing?
affecti gravioribus morbis (l.1): those who are
affected by the most serious illnesses
in proeliis periculusque versantur (l.2): those who are
engaged in battles and [other] dangers…read more

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natio omnis Gallorum est magnopere dedita religionibus, atque ob eam
causam ei, qui sunt affecti gravioribus morbis quique in proeliis
periculisque versantur, aut pro victimis homines immolant aut se
immolaturos esse vovent administrisque ad ea sacrificia Druidibus
utuntur, quod, nisi pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita, non posse
deorum immortalium numen placari arbitrantur: publiceque eiusdem
generis habent instituta sacrificia.
7- Which victims do they sacrifice?
pro victimis homines (l.2): human beings
8- se immolaturos esse vovent (l.2): if they do not
sacrifice someone, what do they do?
They promise to sacrifice one.…read more

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natio omnis Gallorum est magnopere dedita religionibus, atque ob eam
causam ei, qui sunt affecti gravioribus morbis quique in proeliis
periculisque versantur, aut pro victimis homines immolant aut se
immolaturos esse vovent administrisque ad ea sacrificia Druidibus
utuntur, quod, nisi pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita, non posse
deorum immortalium numen placari arbitrantur: publiceque eiusdem
generis habent instituta sacrificia.
9- pro vita hominis reddatur hominis vita (l.3):
why do they sacrifice human beings?
People are wishing for their good health back or for
their life to be protected, this is why it is written that
"a man's life pays off a man's life"
deorum immortalium numen placari (l.3-4): to
appease the majesty of the gods.…read more

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