Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Valerio Massimo Manfredi

The Ides of March

Valerio Massimo Manfredi

The Ides of March

2010, pp. 352, Paperback
ISBN: 9781933372990
Translated by: Christine Feddersen-Manfredi
Region: Italy
$ 16.00

The book

From the pen of the international bestselling author of The Last Legion, comes a new political thriller set during the tempestuous final days of Julius Caeser’s Imperial Rome.

It is early March in the year 44 BC. The Roman Empire stretches from modern-day Syria in the East to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. It incorporates the entire Mediterranean Basin. Gaius Julius Caesar, Pontifex Maximus, dictator in perpetuity, indomitable military leader who has subjected much of the known world to Roman law, is fifty-six years old. He is at the height of his physical and mental powers; his reign is supreme and his reach immense. Or so it appears. In truth, Caesar is exhausted and ill—he resembles nothing if not a wild animal trapped in the prison of his own terrifying nightmares. His divine missions—to end the bloody season of fratricidal wars, to reconcile warring factions, to singlehandedly save Roman civilization—may be too great for one man, even a man like Caesar.

Indeed, the tide is turning against Caesar and there are those who conspire against him. They accuse him of being a bloodthirsty tyrant. They say that when he dissolved the alliance with Pompey the Great at the river Rubicon, he put an end to liberty within the Republic. Caesar has thus far resisted the attempts of his betrayers to bring him down, though he cannot resist forever. His power is being drained away and it seems that nothing can save him, not Publius Sextius—his most loyal centurion and comrade in many a battle, who is racing toward Rome in an attempt to put a stop to his assassination—or the loving devotion of his wife, Calphurnia; not even the attentions of his lover Servilla.

Caesar’s fate is sealed. The soothsayer’s prophecies will out and when the Ides of March have passed, the world will have changed forever.

The author

Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an archeologist and scholar of the ancient Greek and Roman world. He has taught at a number of prestigious universities in Italy and abroad and has published numerous articles and essays in academic journals and other publications. He also writes fiction: he has published sixteen novels which have won important literary awards and have sold a total of twelve million copies throughout the world. His Alexander trilogy has been translated into 38 languages and published in 62 countries and the film rights have been acquired by Universal Pictures. His novel The Last Legion He has also written screenplays for film and television, has contributed journalistic articles to many magazines in Italy and abroad and has written and conducted cultural programs and television documentaries for important international producers. was made into a film starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley and directed by Doug Lefler.

From the same country

  • Fabio Bartolomei

    We Are Family

    2019, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    Al Santamaria is a child prodigy, maybe a genius. It is not out of the realm of possibility that he, alone, will save the human race. But first,...
  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    Nameless Serenade

    2018, pp. 416, $ 17.00
    That autumn it seemed the rain in Naples would never stop, and Commissario Ricciardi found himself having to face not only a homicide but long-buried...
  • Andrea Camilleri

    The Sacco Gang

    2018, pp. 144, $ 14.00
    A "wild west" tale of two brothers who battle both the state and a mafia empire in 1920s Italy, from famed Italian author Andrea Camilleri.
  • Maurizio de Giovanni

    I Will Have Vengeance

    2018, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    Shortlisted for the 2012 Crime Writers Association Daggers Award
  • Domenico Starnone

    Trick

    2018, pp. 192, $ 16.00
    Imagine a duel. A face-off between a man and a boy. The same blood runs through their veins.
  • Alessandro Barbero

    The Athenian Women

    2018, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    The Athenian Women offers a powerful vision of class struggle, the subjugation of women by men, and the courage needed to change the course of...

More suggestions

  • Laurent Gaudé

    Hear Our Defeats

    2019, pp. 224, $ 17.00
    From the winner of the Prix Goncourt Timely and provocative, Hear Our Defeats is a novel about the battles that define us. The battles...
  • Natalie Haynes

    The Children of Jocasta

    2018, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    Told in intersecting narratives, this feminist reimagining of Sophocles’ classic plays brings life and voice to the women who were too often forced...
  • Ahmet Altan

    Like a Sword Wound

    2018, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    A powerful, beautifully written saga set during the fall of one of history’s greatest empires.
  • Alex Beer

    The Second Rider

    2018, pp. 320, $ 17.00
    “A thrilling, deeply satisfying debut novel by 'the new star of Austrian crime fiction'.” — Kronen Zeitung Most of the remaining...
  • Chris Womersley

    City of Crows

    2018, pp. 352, $ 17.00
    "A gothic masterpiece."— Better Read Than Dead Set in seventeenth-century France—a country in the thrall of dark magic, its social fabric...
  • Alessandro Barbero

    The Athenian Women

    2018, pp. 208, $ 17.00
    The Athenian Women offers a powerful vision of class struggle, the subjugation of women by men, and the courage needed to change the course of...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

X