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Roman Games by Bruce Macbain


Roman Games by Bruce Macbain

DECEIT, TYRANNY, DEATH. Games the Romans play best. Sextus Ingentius Verpa, imperial senator, notorious informer and scheming minion of the despotic Emperor Domitian, has been butchered in the night. The Emperor has decreed that punishment will be swift and has commissioned Gaius Plinius Secundus - better known as Pliny the Younger - to investigate. Pliny is no detective, but unless he can find the murderer by the close of the 'Ludi Romani', or Roman Games, all Verpa's slaves - forty men and women - will be burned alive in the arena. That gives Pliny just fifteen days. Fifteen days that will threaten Pliny's conscience, his life and the stability of Rome itself.


'a hard book to put down: fast-moving, exciting and thought-provoking'
Historical Novels Review

. 'Bruce MacBain is a welcome addition to the coterie of writers that write about Rome ... a book to be read by lovers of this period

. 'What a fantastic treat this book is! ... I just couldn't tear myself away from it. Extremely highly recommended

. 'Inspired ... A highly atmospheric and absorbing murder mystery that builds to an earthshaking climax
Steven Saylor

. 'MacBain leads the reader down the mean and dirty streets of Rome. Sure to appeal to fans of Steven Saylor
Library Journal

. 'brilliant. A brutal vision of Rome, rigid with hierarchy and fear
Robert Fabbri

. 'Convincingly re-creates everyday life in ancient Rome, weaving real and fictional characters with aplomb
Kirkus Reviews


About the Author

Bruce Macbain holds a BA in Classics from the University of Chicago and a PhD. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught Greek and Roman history at Vanderbilt and Boston University.

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Publication date

1st May 2013


Bruce Macbain

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272 pages


Historical mysteries



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