The October Horse (novel)

The October Horse (novel)

infobox Book |
name = The October Horse
title_orig =
translator =

image_caption = First edition cover
author = Colleen McCullough
illustrator =
cover_artist =
country = Australia
language = English
series = Masters of Rome series
genre = Historical novel
publisher = Century
release_date = 7 November 2002
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 608 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0-7126-8056-X (first edition, hardback)
preceded_by = Caesar
followed_by = Antony and Cleopatra

"The October Horse" is the sixth novel in Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome series".

Plot introduction

The book begins with Gaius Julius Caesar's Egyptian campaign in Alexandria, his final battles with the Republicans led by Metellus Scipio, Cato the Younger, Titus Labienus and the brothers Pompeius in Africa and Spain, and ultimately Caesar's assassination on the Ides of March by Marcus Brutus, Gaius Cassius and the Liberators. The latter stages of "The October Horse" chronicle the death of Cicero, the emergence of Octavian and his battles with Mark Antony, and conclude with the Battle of Phillipi.

Explanation of the novel's title

The title of the book comes from a peculiar chariot race in Rome on the Ides of October, after which the right-hand horse of the winning team was sacrificed to the Roman gods. Then two teams, one from the Subura and the other from the Via Sacra, competed for the Horse's head. Julius Caesar, figuratively the best war horse in Rome, represents the October Horse in this novel.

Characters in "The October Horse"

Notable historical figures

*Gaius Julius Caesar,
*Mark Anthony,
*Marcus Tullius Cicero,
*Gaius Octavius. Later Augustus,
*Marcus Aemilius Lepidus,
*Marcus Junius Brutus,
*Gaius Cassius Longinus,
*Marcus Porcius Cato the Younger,
*Caesarion, son of Julius Caesar,
*Servilia Caepionis, mistress of Caesar,
*Publius Cornelius Dollabella,
*Titus Labienus,
*Porcia Catonis, wife of Marcus Brutus
*Pharnaces II,
*Lucius Julius Caesar.
*Atia, mother of Octavius
*Lucius Marcius Philippus, stepfather of Octavius
*Marcus Calpurnius Bibulus

Release details

*2002, UK, Century Press (ISBN 0-7126-8056-X), Pub date 7 November 2002, hardback (First edition)
*2003, UK, Arrow Books (ISBN 0-09-946132-3), Pub date ? ? 2003, paperback
*2003, USA, Pocket Books (ISBN 0-671-02420-5), Pub date ? November 2003, paperback
*2003, UK, Arrow Books (ISBN 0-09-928052-3), Pub date 7 August 2003, paperback

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