Praise for Roman Games... "A fantastic weave of fact with fiction in a brutally described Rome, rigid with hierarchy and fear...an excellent series."-Robert Fabbri, author of Vespasian: Rome's ExecutionerWhen the body of Sextus Verpa, a notorious senatorial informer and libertine, is found stabbed to death in his bedroom, suspicion falls on his household slaves-a potential death sentence for all. The cruel emperor, Domitian, orders Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus-known to history as Pliny the Younger-to investigate.
However, the Ludi Romani (the Roman Games) have just begun, and for the next fifteen days the law courts are in recess.
If Pliny can't identify the murderer in that time, Verpa's entire slave household will be burned alive in the arena. Pliny teams up with Martial, a starving author of bawdy verses and hanger-on to the city's glitterati, to unravel a plot that involves Jewish and Christian "atheists," exotic Egyptian cultists, Rome's own pantheon of gods, and a missing horoscope that forecasts the emperor's death.... Bruce Macbain has taught Greek and Roman history at Vanderbilt and Boston University.
His special interest is religion in the Roman Empire.
He lives with his wife in Massachusetts. Roman Games is first in his series set in ancient Rome. www.brucemacbain.com
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 274 pages, 401:B&W 5.5 x 8.5 in or 216 x 140 mm (Demy 8vo) Perfect Bound on Creme w/Matte Lam
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
- Publication Date: 01/03/2013
- Category: Historical mysteries
- ISBN: 9781464201158
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