These are wonderful, books - ravishing to look at. While the text is in French, the language is not difficult to follow. It is the artwork which glows and captivates however.
For any lover of Roman history the depictions of the City itself, rural villas, German forests and army camps are beatifully done, consistently maintained (creating a vivid reality) and more accurate in archaeological detail than one might ever anticipate. The story takes place around 9AD with interaction between Romans and the Germanic tribes. The author and illustrator have done their homework and love their subject. This is a work of the heart.
We see major figures, Augustus, Tiberius, his brother Drusus and a young Sejanus; and enter the palace of the princeps on the palatine, walk acrioss the forum Romanum and even see something of the Subura.
A slight warning the content is explicitly adult - as is often the case with Continental graphic novels - with sex scenes and full frontal male nudity. Thus, probably NOT for children.
The quality of this publication has to be seen to be believed. The three volumes so far available sit on my shelves with pride alongside the collected Prince Valiant strips and the recently published complete Wulf the Briton.
I cannot recommend this series too highly either for those who love and appreciate the graphic novel, or for those who enjoy recreations of ancient history. Enjoy!!