Historical Dramatis Personae

Table 3.2. Recurring Historical Characters

Character Comments
Brutus Friend, adopted son, and later joint-assassin of Julius Caesar
Caesar, Caius Julius Roman general and statesman. Julius Caesar (100 B.C. - 44 B.C.) came to power in 60 B.C. as part of the first triumvirate (the other two in the threesome were Pompey and Crassus).
Cleopatra Daughter of Ptolemy XII, Cleopata (69 B.C. - 31 B.C.) ruled Egypt between 51 and 30 B.C. After Caesar's assassination she won the heart of Mark Anthony. She killed herself soon after Mark Anthony's defeat at Actium in 31 B.C.
Scipio Scipio (plural, Scipiones) is a Roman cognomen used by a branch of the Cornelii family. The Scipiones were traditional political allies of the Paulii branch of the Aemilius family. Their family tomb, dated to the 3rd century BC and rediscovered in 1780, contained one of the earliest collections of Latin inscriptions, and an important historical source for the Roman Republic.
Vercingetorix A historical character (72-46 BCE). He was a Celtic / Gaulish chieftain born in Auvergny (in modern-day South Central France). He led the Gallic tribes in a revolt against Roman rule. Although he initially met with success at Gergovia, he was defeated and captured by Caesar at Alesia (near modern Dijon) in 50 BCE. In 46 BCE Vercingetorix was executed in Rome. In the comic he is only used as a reference and seen in flashback of the surrender.