‘I am Rome’: Santiago Posteguilo follows Julius Caesar’s shadow into Alexander the Great’s home

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Santiago Posteguilo, author of 'Roma Soy Yo', in the ruins of Pella, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Macedonian during the time of Alexander the Great.
Santiago Posteguilo, author of ‘Roma Soy Yo’, in the ruins of Pella, the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Macedonian during the time of Alexander the Great.Assis G. ayerbe

It is not unusual to find the shadow of Julius Caesar in Macedonia. Brutus—his killer—looks at him with horror in his tent at Philippi on the eve of the battle, and at the end of which he falls on his sword: Shakespeare tells it. Santiago Posteguilo’s meeting is much more friendly and does not, fortunately, involve ghosts or gladiolus. The 55-year-old Valencian author has traveled to this region of northern Greece to present his new novel, Polysemic. Rome is me (Addician Bee, 2022)—Roma is Caesar, but without a doubt Posteguilo himself already has four million readers—with whom he has embarked on the unusual and ambitious project of narrating the life of the great Julio in six novels, Something is going to take over, he calculates, by 2032!, at the rate of one headline every two years, “if all goes well and Putin doesn’t invade Poland”. And he has chosen Macedonia for the launch because the region plays an essential role in the first installment, specifically focused on recreating the historical trial in which a young and inexperienced Julius Caesar killed the corrupt Roman governor of the province, Gnaeus Cornelius. Acted as prosecutor against Dolabela..

For Posteguilo, who presents Dolabella, an ally of the almighty dictator Silla, as a corrupt (they are the two great bad guys in the first book), that trial, in 77 BC, marked the fate of Caesar. In the novel, with a part of Thriller In the court case, Caesar travels to Macedonia to interview witnesses against the Proconsul and has the opportunity to pass through Pella, the old capital of the Kingdom of Macedon, where another conqueror was born and grew up in whose shadow. Julius lived, emphasizes the author: Alexander the Great. So here we are, with Posteguilo, visiting the ruins of Pella covered in spring blankets that show wildflowers and in which it’s easy to imagine Bucephalus grazing, Alexander’s horse. Everything on this journey is inspiring, starting with the fact that the coach driver who brought us from Thessaloniki, 50 kilometers away, is called Achilles (whose shadow enchanted Alejandro, who captivated Caesar, who enchanted Santiago) captivated…).

Not long ago, the author took over the campaign to explain that we could share the sentiments that Caesar may have been here and which he recreates in his novel (which he takes advantage of to read). on site The route of the journey to the place of the hero). This indicates that Caesar stopped at Pella during his visit to Thessaloniki along the strategic Via Egnatia (1,120 km, from the Adriatic to Byzantium) “and saw something similar to what we are seeing.” Pella was destroyed by an earthquake and Roman troops after the Battle of Pydna in 168 BC – the army’s victory over the phalanx – which sealed the end of Macedonia as an independent state. “He stayed two nights, it was a ghost town, but he was undoubtedly shaken by the memory of Alejandro. Caesar admired her and was jealous of her. Can be seen in novels. There is the crucial moment that Plutarch mentions, comparing the two in his one parallel life, in which, while contemplating a statue of Alexander in the sanctuary of Hercules in Geddes, Cadiz, Caesar cried when he realized that he was already the age of the Macedonian, when he died, 32 years old, and when he first I had conquered the world, I had not done anything in the world to be remembered. His planned campaign against the Parthians, thwarted by his assassination, may have been an attempt to emulate Alexander and then go to India. There are differences, to be sure: Alexander shows an irrational enthusiasm, a yearning not to be found in Caesar. Age difference, perhaps: Julius Caesar died at the age of 56, and the full display of his military and political genius came much later.

The ruins of Pella, the capital of ancient Macedonia during the time of Alexander the Great, in Greece.
The ruins of Pella, the capital of ancient Macedonia during the time of Alexander the Great, in Greece.

Posteguilo, who looks rejuvenated, spirited and spontaneous after his very satisfying first meeting with Julius Caesar (he’s already immersed in the second), sits on the horizon, behind the hill of the Pella palace, an emotional one amidst some towering ruins. pauses. -Voltage towers imitate giant talos of bronze and a kestrel hangs in the sky of lead for a few moments before falling on its prey.

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Later, inside the new museum in Pella, he will continue to uncover connections, before encountering the great Macedonian—Alexander and Caesar’s novelist. Caesar would be the lover of a Macedonian woman—and the father of a son, Cleopatra, a descendant of Ptolemy, Alexander’s general who established his dynasty in Egypt. “The relationship must have meant something very special to him; I put her to be with Cleopatra, of course,” he reflects. The queen will have an important role in the series of novels and details of her birth will be given in the next one. it’s me in rome When Caesar’s young wife asks him on their wedding night – when Julius refuses a mate (“the Roman matron should not do this”) – if he has been with an Egyptian, who is considered more generous. , and he replies that he has ‘t. And he doesn’t think he ever will. “They’re little complications with readers, like young Caesar’s interest in Gaul, or his concern for his hair,” he laughs.

The Pella Museum that displays wealth, beauty and gold reminds Posteguilo of Dolabella’s brutality in the province. “The trial against him changed Caesar’s life, and that is why Macedonia is also important in his career. In 77 BC c., Caesar was a surname similar to Perez, but at the end of the trial the name assumes a different meaning. My novel explores the moment when Caesar began a career that would make him immortal, and that is because the people of Macedonia prosecuted an autocratic governor and asked him to represent them. i am rome This is the novel of the emergence of Caesar. We are indebted to Alexander of Macedonia, but also to the decisions he made on Caesar.

Posteguilo says that after 17 years (2003–2020) immersed in the Roman world, from his novels on Scipio, he has finally been able to begin his project on Caesar “number one”, for which he insists, He always feels attracted. As usual it took two years on the first novel in the series. “It was necessary to find a powerful and original opening to begin telling the story of Caesar’s life and the fact that Caesar was a prosecutor in the Dolabella trial.” Other axes include the influence of his mother Aurelia, his love for his first wife Cornelia, relationship with Mario, friendship with Labienus or the atmosphere of political violence that marked the context of the time. For Posteguilo, the main challenge of his series is “not to disappoint people in the great moments they know and expect from the life of Julius Caesar”, still ahead: the conquest of Gaul, the relationship with Cleopatra, the civil war. , crossing the Rubicon, murder (he still doesn’t know if “et to brute”) will happen… “This is my affair”. He reassures that he is more concerned about “living up to expectations” than finding things that will surprise him. In this sense, the first novel about Caesar’s youth, about which little is known about his adult stage, has been easy. He knows the cast of his series are “heavy”: Pompey (another Alexander emulator since his nickname of Magno), Marco Antonio, Cleopatra, Augusto, Vercingetorix…” in Rome is me I have taken special care that a Mario does not eat a young Caesar in his heyday.”

Is there any point in going from fiction to Caesar? “Yes, you can explain things in a more engaging way in the story and that allows you to fill in the gaps.” Posteguilo assures that he is going to drag us into his details, for example, the battle of the site and Alessia, which will come in the third novel. It’s hard not to believe him after reading his first muscular version of The Battle of Aqua Sextia, in which Mario defeats Teuton and Ambron, and the cinematographic (and bloody) battle of a warrior is trapped between the leaves of the Great City’s gates and His body literally explodes when these are taken off) carrying the Mytilin, in which Caesar enters the battle for the first time and wins a civilian crown for his courage and Dedicated,

A glass ryton As a phallus we are invited to recall the passage of the novel in which Posteguilo describes the brutal rape of a young Macedonian nobleman by Dolabella. And the famous curse tablet displayed in the museum commemorates the legend that appears in Rome is me About the siren who asked if Alejandro was alive and who cast a deadly spell if you didn’t tell him. Legend has it that this mermaid was none other than Alexander’s sister, Thessaloniki, for whom the present-day capital of Macedonia was named.

Santiago Postegilo in front of the Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki.
Santiago Postegilo in front of the Arch of Galerius in Thessaloniki.ASIS G. iyerb

In the city, which appears to revolve around the great equestrian statue of the Conqueror surrounded by shields and sarsons and which is reflected in the waters of Thermic Bay, where a group of fake tourists flow by, guide through the Posteguilo Extraordinary Archaeological Museum Does and explains new Macedonian connections. There are elements of the Temple of Aphrodite, the highly revered in Macedonia, the Roman Venus from which Caesar’s family claimed descent through Aeneas. Julius himself was worshiped in Thessalonica – a city with impressive Roman monuments such as the Arch and Galerius’s rotunda – by Augustus after his deity. We also stop at the famous Dervini Crater, with its images of Menad in erotic ecstasy, don’t they remind us of the orgy in the novel in which Sulla indulges in sadomasochistic practices at his villa in Puettoli? sex is too much Rome is me, Curiously, Posteguilo doesn’t focus on the episode of young Caesar’s relationship with King Nicomedes of Bithynia, who spread a lot of malicious rumors and troubled Julio throughout his life (this was one of the few things that drove him insane). made). “I have no problem with the sexual identities of my characters, whether they are fluid like Heliogabalus or homosexual like the Trojans. But the passive relationship between Caesar and Nicomedes – which was a disgrace to a Roman citizen – seems to me a hoax by his opponents. Caesar has wives, lovers, children; He’s straight and that’s it.”

What if Caesar had survived? “He was doomed, they will kill him another day. But if he had gone on an expedition to the east, who knows, he would have died in the Indus itself.

Would Caesar be good for us if we could meet him? “He would be charismatic to us, he knew how to be a very good communicator. Today I will make wonderful use of social networks. But it also had creases. He was a man of great personal appeal, but of questionable judgments. It is certain that it will not leave us indifferent.” Regarding his personal vision, Posteguilo admits that, unlike other novelists who have tried to tell his life from a very critical point of view, he feels an appreciation for the character. And he confesses with a big smile: “Jlio Cesar can do me”.

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