Circo Máximo, la ira de Trajano by Santiago Posteguillo

By Santiago Posteguillo

Circo Máximo, de Santiago Posteguillo, que ha escrito otras obras de narrativa histórica como Las Legiones Malditas o los angeles traición de Roma, es los angeles segunda parte de l. a. trilogía de Trajano, que comenzó con Los asesinos del emperador, un relato impactante, descomunal, descrito con un trepidante pulso narrativo destinado a trasla dar al lector a l. a. Roma imperial de los césares. Santiago posteguillo se ha convertido en el autor español de referencia de l. a. novela histórica sobre Roma y el mundo antiguo. Bienvenidos al mundo de Marco Ulpio Trajano. Circo Máximo es l. a. historia de Trajano y su gobierno, guerras y traiciones, lealtades insobornables e historias de amor imposibles. Hay una vestal, un juicio, inocentes acusados, un abogado especial, mensajes cifrados, códigos secretos, batallas campales, fortalezas inexpugnables, asedios sin fin, dos aurigas rivales, el Anfiteatro, los gladiadores y tres carreras de cuadrigas. Hay también un caballo especial, diferente a todos, leyes antiguas olvidadas, sacrificios humanos, amargura y terror, pero también destellos de nobleza y esperanza, como l. a. llama de Vesta, que mientras arde preserva a Roma. Sólo que hay noches en las que los angeles llama del Templo de Vesta tiembla. l. a. rueda de l. a. Fortuna comienza entonces a girar. En esos momentos, todo puede pasar y hasta los angeles vida del propio Trajano, aunque él no lo sepa, corre peligro. Y, esto es lo mejor de todo, ocurrió: hubo un complot para asesinar a Marco Ulpio Trajano

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We are nervous also but we sit still as the flakes come down and stick to our shawls and hats, sugaring our eyelashes and flouring the men’s woolly beards. Two women face into the wind that whips their hair like corn tassel, their eyes slits of shine. The other one covers her mouth with her cloak and leans against a man. A boy with a yellow pigtail sits on the wagon floor, his hands tied to his ankles. He and I are the only ones without rugs or blankets covering our feet. Sudden snowfall on tender leaves is pretty.

D’Ortega identifying talents, weaknesses and possibilities, but silent about the scars, the wounds like misplaced veins tracing their skin. One even had the facial brand required by local law when a slave assaulted a white man a second time. The women’s eyes looked shockproof, gazing beyond place and time as though they were not actually there. The men looked at the ground. Except every now and then, when possible, when they thought they were not being evaluated, Jacob could see their quick glances, sideways, wary but, most of all, judging the men who judged them.

His laugh creaking to a close, he shook his head, thinking, God help me if this is not the most wretched business. “Why yes. Of course,” said D’Ortega, shaking off his earlier embarrassment and trying to re-establish his dignity. “I’ll send her to you. ” His eyes widened as did his condescending smile, though he still seemed highly agitated. “My answer is firm,” said Jacob, thinking, I’ve got to get away from this substitute for a man. But thinking also, perhaps Rebekka would welcome a child around the place.

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