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A historian of the period mentioned, I had no real hope for it. That changed instantly, and more and more by the episode. I can truthfully say I've never seen a more accurate depiction of the time, down to the finest detail. The statesman, Cato, for example, did habitually wear black. How the character for Pompey was found, so close to the original, I just don't know. Cicero, the statesman and orator, was murdered in the way described for a speech he never delivered (but still survives), just as was predicted by Marcus Antonius. The character of Caesar (who actually did have epilepsy) was precise, as far as we can possibly tell.
I was left dazed by this work. The political problem, whether to cross the Rubicon (Roman territory)in arms, which would amount to treason, but not to would deliver Caesar into his enemies' hands, was drawn to precision. This, except that I'm long retired, I would readily have used for teaching material.