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Dead Romans #2020

Dead Romans The Shepherd s Story Daphnis knows he is the best shepherd in his beloved countryside even if he is only a little slave boy But when he fails to meet the demands of his cruel master Pericles his sis

  • Title: Dead Romans
  • Author: David J. Cord
  • ISBN: 9780989760508
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dead Romans By David J. Cord, The Shepherd s Story Daphnis knows he is the best shepherd in his beloved countryside, even if he is only a little slave boy But when he fails to meet the demands of his cruel master Pericles, his sister is sold into a life of depravity Distraught, Daphnis escapes to Ephesus in search of her but finds someone else who might aid him Panthea, the Roman emperor s mistreThe Shepherd s Story Daphnis knows he is the best shepherd in his beloved countryside, even if he is only a little slave boy But when he fails to meet the demands of his cruel master Pericles, his sister is sold into a life of depravity Distraught, Daphnis escapes to Ephesus in search of her but finds someone else who might aid him Panthea, the Roman emperor s mistress The Mistress Story Despised by the rich and powerful as nothing than the emperor s low born plaything, beautiful Panthea has endured a lifetime of abuse and manipulation The emperor s wife threatens her A brutal businessman blackmails her Panthea finds relief from her hellish existence only through the pastoral poetry written for her by the baker Aristides The Writer s Story Although Aristides poetry has charmed the emperor s mistress, what he truly desires is to acquire a literary patron and become a successful writer His chance comes when he is asked to write a glowing biography for the businessman Pericles But as Aristides discovers the dark truth about his patron, his conscience torments him Aristides hesitates to write such lies, but the dream of fame beckons Besides, what is a little slave boy or the emperor s mistress to him, anyway A city under siege As the social fabric of Ephesus frays under the onslaught of a remorseless killer, their lives hang in the balance Love and honor will be tried in one final, anguished crucible One woman may hold the key to all their salvation the ship that will be the last to flee the dying city.

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    1. Dead Romans, by David Cord, is set in a place and time that I did not know much about Ephesus around 165 AD, at the end of the Parthian campaign conducted by Lucius while he was co emperor with his father Marcus Aurelius The immediate crisis is a particularly severe outbreak of plague, apparently brought back by the soldiers as they return from further east.The book gives every impression of being carefully researched, at both the wider political level and as regards the details of ordinary Ephe [...]

    2. There is something mismatched about this book that I originally thought was its subject see blurb and my initial reaction was who cares , though on further thinking I think the mismatch comes from the contrast between the power of the prose as the book really has narrative flow and makes one turn the pages and the content which is meh at best, but I would say that is so less because of the specific genre historical fiction set in the classical world about which we do not really know that much a [...]

    3. I liked the historical setting of Ephesus, and the found the descriptions of daily life there very interesting and well researched, but I didn t like the writing style The dialogue doesn t use a lot of contractions, which makes it a bit stilted, yet it uses modern words such as okay , buddies and the word fug , which really don t belong in this setting I appreciate that it must be difficult to strike the correct tone in historical novels, but surely it s best to choose one style and stick with i [...]

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