‘In the name of Rome’, by José Barroso

‘In the name of Rome’, by José Barroso

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The untold story of Julius Caesar.

Rome bleeds to death in the middle of a civil war against the Italian allies. Enemies reinforce each other, form alliances and take liberties never before known by a senate incapable of reacting.

The city of the Tiber is about to fall into righteous chaos when Sulla comes to the rescue.

The old dictator is a sun that is already setting; new men emerge from between its wings, achieving fame and accumulating power without hiding their ambition: Cicero, Pompey, Crassus, Clodius and, above all, Julius Caesar.

An effective ruler, the greatest military strategist in history, a brilliant writer, lover, friend ..., but also corrupt, ruthless on the battlefield and with a love for risk that will seriously endanger his dignities, powers and the future of all your family.

This is the untold story of Julius Caesar.

About the author: José Barroso

José Barroso is a writer born in 1976 in Ronda (Málaga) and currently based in Granada.

After more than fifteen years dedicated to business marketing and business, he began his career as a novelist with ‘Arunda's secret’ (Fanes, 2014), a novel set in the city of Ronda during the reconquest of the Catholic Monarchs.

A lover of history, its enigmas and its conflicts, he tries to offer a rigorous and realistic vision of the events that he recounts from the most absolute documentation.

After the publication of three historical novels, he tackles his first contemporary text with "El enigma Quijote".

Interview with José Barroso by the editorial {Pie de Página}.

In the novel you talk about the end of the Roman Republic, why is this historical period so interesting?

Surely because of the richness of its characters. If you stop to think about it, there are a significant number of characters rooted in the popular imagination that coincide at this time; besides Julius Caesar, we have Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Cicero

Very few times in history, perhaps only during the Renaissance with Leonardo, Michelangelo and the Medici, does this occur.

Napoleon, Isabel the Catholic, Genghis Khan or Hitler only the only protagonists of their respective times; However, the end of the Roman Republic is choral and is full of great characters who fill the stories by themselves; much more when they interact with each other.

Do you think the end of the Roman Republic was inevitable? Was it doomed from the beginning or could it have continued in other circumstances?

The Republic was a period of about 500 years whose survival never ceases to amaze. Rome achieved a flawed but enormously stable democratic system based on one-man politics.

The key is that political parties did not exist. The success was personal and there were no preconfigured groups. In this context, everything had to be negotiated and agreed to in order to move forward. Over time, like-minded men joined forces and created pressure and power groups.

This led to the political parties and a little later to a civil war, the victor of which exercised absolute power without opposition until his death. At the time of his disappearance, Rome was already used to the exercise of absolutist power.

Thus, what is surprising about the republic is not its existence, but its validity.

Much has been written about the figure of Julius Caesar, what will "In the name of Rome" reveal to us?

There are several aspects in which I try to deepen and they are little explored, especially in the novels.

The first is his childhood; there is a strange circumstance in the ancient sources and it is that the writings referring to the youth of Julius Caesar they are almost entirely lost.

Addressing that era with the few existing sources and maintaining the documentary rigor of the novel was one of the challenges and may surprise the reader a lot.

On the other hand there are military strategies, «meat»Usual essay, but few approached from the novelist's point of view; not a few authors omit the battles or the Gallic War in its entirety.

I wanted to make it a central part of the novel since it seemed essential to me to meet Julius Caesar and to understand the importance of his historical figure.

Finally, I would highlight the shadows of the character; I do not hide my admiration for Caesar, but that does not prevent me from describing his vices, corruption or his little adherence to the law.

The novel elevates the character, but not from a precisely friendly portrait.

In addition to Julius Caesar, other important historical figures appear in the novel. Who is the most remarkable for you?

"In the name of Rome" is the portrait of a time of great people. Pompey, Crassus, Cato, Marco Antonio, Servilia, Aurelia, Cleopatra ... they are all part of a truly complex society and their interactions make them bigger.

Together, they make a non-character gain enormous importance: Rome.

Apart from Julius Caesar, the reader will know Rome, its greatness, the birth of the empire ..., but also its miseries and sewers.

How have you informed yourself for the creation of this story? How has your investigation been?

"In the name of Rome" is the result of 30 years of reading and research. I could not have written this novel without relying on all the existing historical documentation and having spent many hours in the company of Cicero, Livy, Plutarch or Suetonius.

I tried not to leave a single source unread and also to understand the views of current authors about the events reported.

With all this I made my own version before translating it into the novel.

What can we learn from this historical moment?

Surely we have much to learn about his way of doing politics, the ability to reach agreements from very opposed positions; of the concern that Rome showed for the neediest citizens with grain deliveries, free schooling, promotion and construction of public libraries ... these and many other aspects were an obligation of the Roman politician and not
a gift as we see it now.

With two thousand years of difference and many nuances, we have much to learn from Roman society.

Via NdP editorial Footer.

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