Setting

The events of this book take place in the late Roman Republic during the years of Caesar's life, from 100 to 44 B.C. At this time, Rome is the pre-eminent power in the Mediterranean area. The city enjoys luxuries and entertainments from many lands and a hitherto unknown degree of material comforts. Yet the strains accompanying its transition from city-state to world power have racked Rome with social and political turmoil for years before Julius Caesar's birth.

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