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    I might have mentioned this one in a comment to one of your previous diaries, but one historical novel set in Ancient Rome that I liked is The Flames of Rome by Paul L. Maier.  The author is a historian who has written on Josephus and a few popular audience books on Biblical archaeology.  Flames of Rome is one of two "documentary novels" he wrote in which all the characters and most of the events are taken from historical sources which are documented in the endnotes.  It's set against the reigns of Claudius and Nero, and the protagonist is Vespasian's brother, who was the chief administrator of the City of Rome during much of Nero's reign.

    At one point the author tells of Vespasian attending a banquet held by Nero and nearly losing his head because he fell asleep during the Emperor's poetry reading.  Maier says of that incident, Vespasian "could not stay away to save his life".

    "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

    by quarkstomper on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 03:10:25 PM PDT

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