The fourth volume of the Rutilius Journals, based on Caesar's Gallic Wars – the bane of many a Latin student's life at GCE time.
The fourth in a five book series, The Rutilius Journals, which tells the story of Caesar's Gallic Wars, fought between 58 and 50 BC.
The first person hero is Marcus Rutilius, alias Mike Oakwood, Caesar's Tribune, who now faces a new task – to get Pompey back on-side after the death of his young wife, Julia, Caesar’s beloved daughter. This new adventure takes Marcus out of his usual sphere of operations to the other side of the Mediterranean, following Crassus’s fortunes in his bid to drive the Parthians out of Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and foil their advance into territory in Asia Minor that the Romans considered to be part of their burgeoning new empire.
Returning to Caesar’s armies at the end of that tragic episode, Marcus is welcomed back onto Caesar’s staff with fresh assignments that take him first back to England, then through the worst year of fighting in Gaul, as Caesar puts down the great rebellion led by Vercingetorix, the famous warrior chieftain of all Gaul (still revered to this day by the French as a folk hero), with its climax at Alesia at the end of the campaign season of 52 BC.