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It is winter in BC 53/52 and the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire. The aristocracy in the senate are becoming increasingly far removed from the common people, while gang fighting and political murders are daily reality in Rome. In Gaul, GaiusMoreIt is winter in BC 53/52 and the beginning of the end of the Roman Empire. The aristocracy in the senate are becoming increasingly far removed from the common people, while gang fighting and political murders are daily reality in Rome. In Gaul, Gaius Julius Caesar becomes wealthier with every raid - and hence more powerful: in the eyes of the senate, too powerful. Cicero and other Roman politicians force the one-time warrior Quintus Aurelius to work in Caesars field kitchen and spy on him for the senate. In Rome, Gaul and Egypt he keeps meeting the charming Calypso, a hetaera who is as erudite as she is shrewd and with whom he is bound by a bitter-sweet love. As the Roman struggles for power near their climax, Calypso and Aurelius increasingly wonder what Caesars real objectives are- but no matter what they may be - surely anything would be better than a continuation of the bloody death throes of the rotten republic? With his successful novels, Gisbert Haefs skilfully and fascinatingly makes the ancient world come alive. Press Haefs uses captivating dialogues and his wide knowledge to tell us of past times. Facts Excellent literature. Berliner Zeitung As is typical of him, he tells history as an exciting story - at times coarse, at times comically ironic, and with a continual erotic twist. Welt am Sonntag The antique period appears here as if it has just recently happened. Woman Gisbert Haefs expertly understands how to allow the antique to come to life in a way that is fascinating. LiesMalWieder.de Author Gisbert Haefs, born in 1950 in Wachtendonk on the Lower Rhine, lives and writes in Bonn. As translator and editor, he is responsible for such publications as new editionsof works by Ambrose Bierce, Rudyard Kipling and Jorge Luis Borges. He made his name as a writer with his crime novels and his graphic historical works Hannibal, Alexander and Troja.