Scholarly discussion of the Pompeians’ portrayal in the Bellum Civile mostly rests on their description in BC III, especially the account of their camp at Pharsalus. is in turn bolsters a common and prevalent assumption that Caesar regards the Pompeians as barbarian ‘others’.2 I suggest that in BC I Caesar’s judgement of the Pompeians diers from that in the nal book and stresses other aspects of their conduct, especially as reected in the description of Pompey himself.