The last volume of the Rutilius Journals, this one brings the Gallic Wars to their famous conclusion on the Rubicon as Marcus fades from view.
This is the last part of the story of Marcus Rutilius, the eponymous hero of the Rutilius Journals, a modern man’s perception of the life and times of Julius Caesar during the period of his wars in Gaul. It plots the headlong rush of the rightwing oligarchy in Rome towards their own destruction, brought on by their determination to crush the threat that Julius Caesar posed to the continuation of their corrupt rule over Rome and its conquered provinces. This is the story of the last two years of the war in Gaul (51 - 50 BC), in which Caesar was busy consolidating his hold on Gaul after his decisive victory over Vercingetorix, and how he was forced by the legions to punish those Gauls who continued the resistance after the fall of Alesia.
We learn here of Caesar's growing frustration as the oligarchy attempts to remove him from command of his army and bring him back to face trial in Rome.
Much of this story finds Marcus Rutilius removed from the bloodiest final battles and yet playing a pivotal rôle in Caesars plans to return to Rome legally to take up his second term as Consul.