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Frequent changes of tense in Caesar

I am a little bit mystified by the frequent changes of tense in Caesar's prose and am wondering what the rationale is. Should I take from this that it is perfectly fine to just switch back and forth ...
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Consecutio temporum et praesens historicum

Sometimes in an intensive narrative the present tense is used to refer to past events. Such use of the present tense is called praesens historicum. It is formally present but semantically past. How ...
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Ambiguities in De Bello Gallico 1.3.3

There are a couple words and phrases which are ambiguous to me in Caesar's De Bello Gallico, 1.3.3. I'll reproduce the text, here, which I got from the Perseus digital library. Ad eas res ...
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