Earthy, bawdy, poetic, comic and tragic - Wishart's novel is the tale of a brilliant man trying to follow his muse in a turbulent period in history.
Visionary, scholar, idealist, poet and author of a momentous epic and other timeless works, Wishart's Virgil is a man of contradictions: celibate but capable of great love; stuffy, sometimes prudish but often extremely warm and open; shy but with a talent for friendship and a certain magnetism. Through his eyes we gain an oblique view of great historical events: the assassination of Caesar, the downfall of Pompey and the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra. He resists involvement in politics until fate leads him inexorably to the meeting with Octavian that is to result in the commission of his masterpiece, THE AENEID.
Wishart is a fine scholar and perfectly at home in the period - Sunday Times on SEJANUS
David Wishart wields an entertaining stylus - Scotland on Sunday on SEJANUS
Witty, engrossing and ribald . . . it misses nothing in its evocation of a bygone time and place - Independent on Sunday
David Wishart studied Classics at Edinburgh University. He then taught Latin and Greek in school for four years and after this retrained as a teacher of EFL. He lived and worked abroad for eleven years, working in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia, and now lives with his wife and family in Scotland.