“The hinge of history pivoted on the career of Julius Caesar, as Rome’s Republic became an Empire, but the muscle to swing that gateway came from soldiers like Titus Pullus. What an amazing story from a student now become the master of historical fiction at its best.” ~ Professor Frank Holt, University of Houston
“Peake, a retired infantry Marine, brings to the familiar story of Caesar’s conquest of Gaul the gritty, boots-on-the-ground realism of personal experience, and the results are amazingly compelling…Fans of Roman historical fiction—or military fiction just in general—shouldn’t miss what looks to be one heck of a series.” ~ Historical Novels Review Online
The critically acclaimed Marching With Caesar® book series is a first-person narrative, written in the form of a memoir of Titus Pullus, Legionary, Optio, First Spear Centurion of Caesar’s 6th and 10th Legion – written three years after his retirement as Camp Prefect, when Titus is 61 years old. Titus, along with his boyhood friend Vibius Domitius, joins the 10th Legion in the draft of 61 BC, when Gaius Julius Caesar is the governor of Spain. He and his comrades endure the harsh training regimen that made the legions the most feared military force in the ancient world, during a time when its reputation as Caesar’s most favored and trusted legion is being cemented, and is involved in most of the major actions during this period.
Titus Porcinianus Pullus has settled into life as a Centurion of the 1st Legion, stationed on the Rhine, but a revolt in his home province of Pannonia changes everything, both for him and for Rome. When the aging Augustus sends the young, untested Germanicus Julius Caesar to Pannonia at the head of a hastily assembled force, Tiberius summons Titus to return to his home province. Ostensibly sent to both advise and protect the youngster in whom the Princeps has placed so much hope, Titus quickly learns that Tiberius’ motives are, at best, suspect, when the Germanicus Legion is sent against the Maezei, the tribe that murdered Titus’ brother Sextus, the first in a series of events that required Titus’ transfer from his original Legion after he avenged Sextus’ death.
Consequently, once more, a member of the Pullus family finds himself embroiled in the machinations and maneuvering of the second most powerful man in Rome, as Tiberius tries to ensure that his position as likely heir to the aging Augustus is not challenged by a talented, charismatic young Roman, in the form of Germanicus. Ultimately, Titus will be faced with a choice – following his heart and helping Germanicus achieve fame and glory or heeding the implicit but clear orders from the man who controls his fate in Tiberius, who is threatened by the talented youngster. Purchase on Amazon.com
Titus Porcinianus Pullus, grandson and namesake of the late Camp Prefect Titus Pomponius Pullus, has settled into life as an Optio of the 8th Legion, stationed in Siscia, as has his brother Sextus, who is also serving under the standard of the same Legion. The province is technically at peace, but in an instant, the entire Pullus family learns the horrible truth of the myth “All is quiet in Pannonia”, when tragedy strikes in the form of an ambush by a local tribe.
Lashing out in his rage and grief, Titus’ actions during a punitive raid creates a crisis for which he will be punished. In order to save his career and life, he strikes a bargain with Dolabella, the mysterious spymaster, to serve a Roman nobleman. It is a fate that Titus has tried to avoid, understanding the threat and toll such a relationship took on his beloved Avus, the first and greatest Titus Pullus.
But, unlike the first Titus Pullus, it is not the aged Augustus the young Optio is going to serve, but his dutiful stepson Tiberius Claudius Nero. However, as he quickly learns, serving an ambitious Roman patrician, no matter who it is, poses its own set of risks, and Titus finds himself as the next Pullus whose life is linked to the aspirations of a member of Rome’s ruling class, all because of an act of vengeance. Purchase on Amazon.com
Marching With Caesar® is a series – the numbers beside each book indicate their place chronologically.
13 – Marching With Caesar® – Rise of Germanicus – Just Released!
Caesar Triumphant (Associated with, and separate from the series)
The first adult author with whom R.W. Peake developed a long-term relationship was Louis L’Amour, whose body of work shaped his life philosophy.
After retiring from the Marines, R.W. proceeded to earn a BA in History from the Honors College at the University of Houston.
Although R.W. wrote a novel as a kid, he didn’t publish his first novel until age 50.
In addition to his time in the Marines, and before the tech bubble burst in 2000, he was a paper millionaire in the software industry.
A native Houstonian, R.W. recently relocated to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, where he lives with his yellow Lab, Sadie.
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The general design of the beaker is based on the the Poseidon beaker, which dates to the first century AD and currently resides at the Yale University Art gallery. This type of drinking vessel was used by the Romans to serve wine.
The illustrations depict the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. In the spandrels (the space within the arches), two Winged Victories (Roman goddesses associated with victory) can be seen carrying the laurel wreath crown, which was the symbol for victory. Mounted in the centre of the three arches is the head of Vespasion – the ninth emperor of Rome who commanded the invasion of Britain. The base is in the form of a laurel wreath, the symbol for triumph. Beneath panel one and embedded in the wreath, there is a plaque with the title ‘Roma Victrix’.
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