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Caroline Lawrence - Author

About the Author

Caroline Lawrence was born in London. Her American parents returned to the United States shortly afterwards and she grew up in Bakersfield, California with her younger brother and sister. Her father taught English and drama in a local high school and her mother was an artist.

When she was twelve, Caroline's family moved to Stanford University in northern California so that her father could study Linguistics. Caroline inherited her father's love of words and her mother's love of art. She subsequently studied Classics at Berkeley, where she won a Marshall Scholarship to Cambridge. There, at Newnham College, she studied Classical Art and Archaeology.

The books in the series are:
The Thieves of Ostia
The Secrets of Vesuvius
The Pirates of Pompeii
The Assassins of Rome
The Dolphins of Laurentum
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
The Enemies of Jupiter
The Gladiators from Capua
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Fugitive from Corinth
The Sirens of Surrentum
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Slave Girl from Jerusalem
The Beggar of Volubilis
The Scribes from Alexandria
The Prophet from Ephesus
And finally…
The Man from Pomegranate Street


THE ROMAN MYSTERIES have sold over 1.1 million copies since its introduction in 2001 and in 2009 won the Classical Association Prize for 'a significant contribution to the public understanding of Classics' THE ROMAN MYSTERIES has been recognised as having an exemplary combination of entertainment and education.

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Other books by Caroline Lawrence

Pirates of Pompeii

Pirates of Pompeii

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 11/08/2009

It is late August of A.D. 79. The Roman world is reeling from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Volcanic ash covers the land, sunsets are blood-red, and the sea gives up corpses of the dead.At a makeshift camp south of Stabia, hundreds of refugees from the cities around Vesuvius try to come to terms with the disaster. When children begin to go missing from the camp, Flavia Gemina and her friends Jonathan, Nubia, and Lupus investigate a powerful and charismatic man known as the Patron. A dangerous trail leads them to the caves and grottoes of Sorrento, where they encounter pirates, slave dealersand death.From the Compact Disc edition.

Secrets of Vesuvius

Secrets of Vesuvius

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 28/07/2009

Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupusthe four friends from The Thieves of Ostiasail to the Bay of Naples to spend the summer with Flavias uncle, who lives near Pompeii. There they uncover a riddle that may lead them to great treasure.Meanwhile, tremors shake the ground, animals behave strangely, and people dream of impending doom. One of the worst natural disasters of all time is about to happen: the eruption of Mount Vesuvius!This second in a series of Roman mysteries follows the children as they travel by sailboat, explore vineyards, and celebrate a Roman festival on the beach at Herculaneum in A.D. 79not realizing they are in terrible danger. Will they solve their riddle? And more importantly, will they survive the volcanic eruption that buried Pompeii?From the Compact Disc edition.

Thieves of Ostia

Thieves of Ostia

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: eBook Release Date: 14/07/2009

The year is 79 AD. The place is Ostia, the port of Rome. Flavia Gemina, a Roman sea captains daughter, is about to embark on a thrilling adventure.Set in the graveyard, marketplace, and courtyards of a Roman city, this fast-paced mystery paints a vivid picture of life in ancient times.When the dogs on Flavias street start dying, she is determined to find out who is killing themand why. Her investigation leads her to three extraordinary people: Jonathan, her new neighbor; Nubia, and African slave-girl; and Lupus, a mute beggar boy. They become firm friends as they search for the killer, narrowly escape being kidnapped by a slave dealer, and uncover a series of burglaries.From the Compact Disc edition.

The Roman Mysteries: The Scribes from Alexandria

The Roman Mysteries: The Scribes from Alexandria

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2008

A desperate quest begins in the port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the famous Library, and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the young detectives down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey? Treasure? Or death?

The Roman Mysteries: The Scribes from Alexandria

The Roman Mysteries: The Scribes from Alexandria

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/06/2008

A desperate quest begins in the Romano-Egyptian port of Alexandria: site of the great lighthouse, the Library and the tomb of Alexander the Great. Codes, riddles, anagrams and hieroglyphics lead the search parties down the river Nile to pyramids and sphinxes, temples and tombs, crocodiles and hippos. But what lies at the end of the journey? Treasure? Or death?

The Roman Mysteries: The Beggar of Volubilis

The Roman Mysteries: The Beggar of Volubilis

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2007

Flavia and her friends are on a quest for the Emperor Titus - to steal a valuable gemstone known as 'Nero's Eye'. The Delphic Oracle prophesied that whoever owns the gem will rule Rome - so Titus is determined to claim it for himself. Their travels take them across the Roman province of Mauretania, from Sabratha (in modern Libya) to Volubilis (Morocco). As they travel on a caravan across the desert they encounter slave-traders, pantomime actors and a wild animal stampede. The detectives must consider another quest: what has happened to Uncle Gaius? Meanwhile, Flavia faces some tough decisions about her future.

The Roman Mysteries: Trimalchio's Feast and other mini-mysteries

The Roman Mysteries: Trimalchio's Feast and other mini-mysteries

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2007

Between writing her bestselling novels, Caroline Lawrence has penned several short stories, covering incidents alluded to in the novels, but not dramatised at length. This book brings together mini-mysteries to provide even more coverage of events in the lives of our four detectives during the dangerous, exciting reign of Emperor Titus. Each of these short and sharp stories is as compelling and exciting as the novels, full of the sights and sounds of ancient Rome. Caroline Lawrence has written exclusive notes on each story, providing background on the inspiration and relevance to the series.

The Roman Mysteries: The Charioteer of Delphi

The Roman Mysteries: The Charioteer of Delphi

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2007

September AD 80. Flavia and her friends go to Rome to celebrate the Festival of Jupiter at Senator Cornix's town house. When a famous racehorse goes missing, Nubia sets out to recover it. The four friends find themselves caught up in a plot against one of the rival factions, the Greens. Who is trying to sabotage the charioteers? Could it be an inside job, or someone with a grudge from long ago? And how many men and horses will die before the killer is caught?

The Code of Romulus

The Code of Romulus

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Hot-headed as ever, Flavia Gemina is determined to prove to her handsome tutor Aristo that she really is a detective of the highest order. At first, the mystery of the missing bread rolls seems like an easy - and rather dull - case to solve. But it stumps Flavia and her friends ...until she investigates the meaning behind the strange word games that the slave Romulus likes to play.

The Roman Mysteries: The Slave-girl from Jerusalem

The Roman Mysteries: The Slave-girl from Jerusalem

Author: Caroline Lawrence, Andrew Davidson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

This exciting adventure gives fascinating insight into the workings of the Roman legal system in a page-turning court room drama. As always, Caroline Lawrence springs new surprises for all the characters and provides motives, means and opportunity for one determined felon. And, as ever, it's up to the four young detectives to crack the case . . .

The Roman Mysteries: The Slave-girl from Jerusalem

The Roman Mysteries: The Slave-girl from Jerusalem

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2007

This exciting adventure recreates the siege of Masada, and reveals important developments in Jonathan's struggle with his guilt over past events. Also, there's terrific insight into the workings of the Roman legal system in a page-turning court room drama. As always, Caroline Lawrence spings new surprises for all the characters and provides motives, means and opportunities for one determined felon. And, as ever, it's up to the four young detectives to crack the case. And, for one of the popular characters, a tragic end awaits ...

The Roman Mysteries Treasury

The Roman Mysteries Treasury

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2007

Join Flavia, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus as they explore fascinating facets of life in ancient Rome. Evocative text and vivid full-colour illustrations bring to life the themes, settings and personalities in the bestselling series. Topics covered include Flavia on the class system in Roman society, favourite myths and legends, and holidays and celebrations; Jonathan discovering the world of Roman sport and leisure and the different religions; Nubia on animals in Roman times and Lupus on childhood in Roman times, plus ancient cultures' fascination with number and alphabet puzzles and games. Includes a timeline of key events in Roman history and a map of the Roman Empire.

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book

The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

This quiz book features questions about the characters, places and events occurring in books 1-6 of the Roman Mysteries. In addition, there will be questions based on the popular maps in the books, quizzes about ancient Roman food, fashion, customs, literature, music, an illustrated Aristo's Scroll plus a mammoth general quiz. Answers supplied at the back of the book.

Roman Mystery Omnibus II

Roman Mystery Omnibus II

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

This volume includes three novels in their entirety: THE ASSASSINS OF ROME: Jonathan has disappeared on a secret quest to Rome. In attempting to locate him, his friends must enter Nero's Golden House, and find an assassin. THE DOLPHINS OF LAURENTUM: A sunken wreck full of treasure seems to be the answer to the four detectives' woes. But someone else seeks the bounty - someone with a sinister connection to Lupus's past. THE TWELVE TASKS OF FLAVIA GEMINA: In order to save her father from a terrible fate, Flavia must perform twelve tasks - just like the Greek hero Hercules.

The Roman Mysteries: From Ostia to Alexandria with Flavia Gemina

The Roman Mysteries: From Ostia to Alexandria with Flavia Gemina

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2007

From Morocco to Libya, from Ostia to Surrentum - Caroline Lawrence has travelled widely to give the Roman Mysteries unrivalled authenticity among historical novels. Her research trips have yielded a dazzling array of insights that allow Caroline to vividly re-imagine the ancient world and to bring her characters and stories to life. This book gathers together anecdotes, factual information and advice for children and their families looking to explore exotic locations, as well as offering compelling background to the real world behind the bestselling Roman Mysteries novels.

The Charioteer of Delphi

The Charioteer of Delphi

Author: Caroline Lawrence Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2006

September AD 80. Flavia and her friends go to Rome to celebrate the Festival of Jupiter at Senator Cornix's town house. When a famous racehorse goes missing, Nubia sets out to recover it. The four friends find themselves caught up in a plot against one of the rival factions, the Greens. Who is trying to sabotage the charioteers? Could it be an inside job, or someone with a grudge from long ago? How many men and horses will die before the killer is caught?