blends actual people and historical detail from the past with fictional characters and a plot. With this book the reader enters
the times of the Roman Republic. Historical figures are noted with an (H) and fictional characters with an (F). In all cases
the names of the fictional characters are based on history or the naming customs of the time.
The Romans would have referred
to these peole as "Germans." However, they spoke a Celtic language and would likely have identified themselves with the rest
of the Celtic peoples. In fact, one meaning of the word "German" is "Central Celt."
(F) The son of the leader, Boiorix (H) of the confederacy of Celtic tribes that
(H/F) Claodicos was the name of one of the Celtic leaders. However, we have no record of what happened to him or of who was
executed at the triumph.
(F) Son of Claodicos, “almost fifteen winters.”
Senius: (F) A druid. The name means “wisdom.”
Starkaos: (F) A druid. Getorix’s foster father
(H) The leader of the Teutone tribe.
(H) Wife of Gaius Julius Caesar and mother of the more famous Julius Caesar the dictator.
Sulla: (H)Roman of a decayed aristocratic family. He served as questor to Marius for many years.
Caesar: (H) Father of the more famous Julius Caesar the dictator. He was a legate, a senior military officer,
to Marius in the Celtic campaigns.
(F) Thirteen-year-old son of Catulus.
Catulus: (H) Scholar and a gentleman. He was consul in 102 B.C.E. and was still acting as a general the following
year (see proconsul.)
(H) Catulus’ son, around twenty and studying in Greece.
(H) Catulus’ wife, Lucius’ mother, mistress of the Lutatius household.
Marius: (H) This famed military leader broke precedent (and the Republican Roman Constitution) by standing
for election as consul—and winning—seven times.