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News, ideas, images, and opinions about Ancient Rome and historical fiction

June 7, 2017

Book Review: BY THE SWORD (SPOILS OF OLYMPUS)

A well-reviewed novel spoiled for me by unprofessional mistakes.

June 5, 2017

Book Review: Crystal King's FEAST OF SORROW

Roman cuisine arguably had its high point during the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, when wealthy men sought to impress others and expansion of the Empire meant that the world was their oyster. Or sow's udder, if you prefer. King's story profiles the gourmet of all gourmets: Marcus Apicius.

March 15, 2017

Book Review: Philip Matyszak's THE SERVANT OF APHRODITE

Set at the time of a dangerous power struggle in republican Rome, this novel brings back rascally brothel owner Lucius Panderius, who must contend with a mad boar, a vengeful assassin, a poisoned patrician, and more -- just to survive.

February 15, 2017

Book Review: Andrew Taylor's THE ASHES OF LONDON

You can almost smell the smoke in this atmospheric mystery set at the time of London's Great Fire.

December 14, 2016

Book Review: Peter Tonkin's THE IDES

Will Julius Caesar meet his doom on the fateful Ides? Not if an undercover centurion can help it.

December 7, 2016

All the Fun, Without the TSA Lines

ROMA AMOR and I had a wonderful virtual book tour, thanks to more than a dozen welcoming book bloggers.

October 25, 2016

Spirits in the Ancient World

My virtual book tour for ROMA AMOR kicks off with a Halloween special!

August 15, 2016

Book Review: Ben Kane's HUNTING THE EAGLES

It was hard to imagine how Ben Kane was going to make this follow-up novel as thrilling as the first in the series, Eagles at War, but he managed it—in spades.

March 20, 2016

Book review: LEGION stands behind the idea of Rome

Instructed to "give these men immortality," a writer learns not just how a Roman legion fights, but why.

March 17, 2016

"Et tu, Brute?": Assassination, Roman style

Why did some of Rome’s most conservative movers and shakers use assassination twice in 85 years to rid themselves of a ruler?

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