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In The Lock, the principal figures of the age: Julius Caesar, Cicero, Pompey the Great make their appearance and play out their fateful struggle. The novel has a deep rethinking of the character of Marcus Tullius Cicero and a reassessment of his life and work. His warmth and wit, his intelligence, his integrity and his courage make him a hero for our time as well as his own.
Built around the letters and speeches of Cicero, many of which appear in the novel in new and lively translations by the author, The Lock is historically accurate and carefully researched. It may be read independently as a single novel, or as the second volume of the trilogy The Key, The Lock, and The Door in the Wall. It features maps of Rome and the Empire, specially drawn for the novel, and includes a reader-friendly list of Principal Characters and a Chronology of Events in the novel. No other novel so deeply examines Cicero and his times.
Built around the letters and speeches of Cicero, many of which appear in the novel in new and lively translations by the author
Historically accurate and carefully researched
May be read independently as a single novel, or as the second volume of the trilogy THE KEY, THE LOCK, THE DOOR IN THE WALL
Features maps of Rome and the Empire, specially drawn for the novel
Includes reader-friendly list of Principal Characters and a Chronology of Events in the novel
The Key - ISBN 0865165343
The Door in the Wall - ISBN 0865165335
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Kane Jaro has taken a period of Roman history when there were a great deal happening, and there were many factions at work, each pulling in their own different directions. This has enabled her to allow the story to unfold in the way that it does, and allows the confusion of the events to mask the underlying story. As might be expected the three books reflect the style of each of the authors, the first being based around various speeches of Cicero, and being somewhat ponderous, the second is rather more ephemeral and views Catullus through the poetry he wrote about Lesbia, and the final book is retrospective of Caelius when all the threads are pulled together. I found each of the three books a gripping read, both in their own right and as a trilogy.
I would recommend them to any teacher who feels the need for a little light relief from some of the more weighty tomes available on the last days of the Republic. For a student of the period, they certainly can be recommended - perhaps as holiday reading for one about to embark on one of the Ancient History topics related to this period. Although it must be pointed out that they are fiction and as such should not form the basis of a serious essay on the period, they certainly provide a readable and interesting overview of the period in a way that the reader will not feel like they are doing holiday work! --David Standen, JACT Review
The Lock,by Benita Kane Jaro (281 pages, June 2002), is the third in a trilogy of vivid historical novels set near the end of the Roman Republic. The Key (1988) focused on the poet Catullus, while The Door in the Wall (1994) revolved around the intrigues and relationships of Julius Caesar. The Lock centers more on the Roman senator Cicero and his attempts to prevent the collapse of democracy and thwart the machinations of Pompey in his bid for sole control of Rome. Written engagingly and with a clear grasp of the complexities of Roman politics, The Lock shows how the ancients came to grips with some of the same choices and challenges that we face today. --Stephanie Orhpan, Editor, C & RL News
Through her deft use of dialogue and descriptive detail, Benita Kane Jaro imaginatively brings to life the personalities and political intrigues of ancient Rome in the turbulent days of Julius Caesar. She is especially successful at recreating the smells, sights, sounds and tastes experienced by her characters, and thereby summoning up the physical texture as well as the intellectual substance of lived reality. --Judith Peller Hallet, Professor of Classics, University of Maryland
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