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Saturday, December 18, 2010


A Bright Pen Book
Authors on Line Limited
Rating: Good
ISBN: 9780755206292, $14.95, 204 pp.

Quoting from the back cover:
“This book is derived from the incomplete Book 8 of the Commentaries, by Aulus Hirtius. It has taken me longer than expected to unravel the story because of its complexity. Dedicated historians barely agree on the order of the political events leading to Caesar’s march on Rome.

“History is written and revised by the victors. Down through the two millennia since Caesar crossed the Rubicon those victors have been men who believed that revolution had to be anathematised. The death of the Republic, the outcome of Caesar’s successful revolt against the Optimates, could not be represented as the dawn of the new era of ethical government that Caesar intended. Caesar’s heir, Augustus and the Principate–that cynical mimicry of the Republican Senate–the model from which European ideas of kingship developed, had to be seen as the true savior of Rome. As a result, Julius Caesar has been portrayed ever since as a sick (allegedly an epileptic), power-crazed tyrant.

“This is the last element of the story of Julius Caesar’s preparation for his return to power. He had wanted that to be via the ballot box and a legitimate second Consulship. Fearful for their future fortunes, the Optimates were determined that would not happen.”

The Road to The Rubicon is the last book in the five-volume series John Timbers refers to as the Rutilius Journals. The other books in this series are: Caesar’s Tribune, Master of Gaul, Albion Ablaze and A View To A Death. I have read them all as they were sent to me to review. If you are interested in The Commentaries by Gaius Julius Caesar or are a history buff, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this series by John Timbers, a consummate writer and historian. The Road to The Rubicon is well edited, well written, has a stylist charm about it and is an excellent conclusion to the Rutilius Journals.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - December 18, 2010