No Roads Lead to Rome
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It’s 123 AD. Steeped in humor and history, this quixotic saga chronicles the clumsy schemes of an inept governor and his shadowy advisor, a superstitious centurion's struggle to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic, and a young rebel's reluctant vow to change the course of history. All are pitted against the Gods, the Emperor Hadrian, and the decline and fall of nearly everything. More
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The Roman Empire is at a crossroads, and Emperor Hadrian, realizing that continued expansion will make the empire's borders indefensible, decrees consolidation to a size the legions can better guard. That story is told here in a confusion of the historical, the comical, the metaphorical, and the adventurous that mostly (and surprisingly) holds together fairly well. In the province of Hispania, the governor, Festus Rufius, has just taken over for his murdered predecessor, veteran Centurion Marcus Valerius. Surviving on graft, plots, kickbacks and bribery, the Empire lurches on while Hispania is beset by slave revolts, food riots, uncollected taxes, and bad wine. And so the province's leadership must resort to a series of desperate illusions to disguise its failings. All this is recounted swiftly, with verve, panache, and a light tread that makes for a delightful, well told tale.
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It's 123 A.D. On the edge of the Roman Empire, a murdered governor leaves behind the opportunity of a lifetime for his successor to overthrow the emperor.
Mysteriously promoted, a senator's son finds himself in an ancient world of trouble. Within days of taking office, Hispania's taxpayers are in open revolt, the legionaries head north to build Hadrian's Wall, and the once-sleepy province is rocked by slave revolts, bread riots, and fad religions.
A quixotic saga steeped in humor and history, "No Roads Lead to Rome" chronicles the clumsy schemes of the inept new governor and the machinations of his shadowy adviser. Discovering that no empire ever went broke paying pensions to old soldiers, a superstitious centurion struggles to save his faith in the faded ideals of the Republic while accidentally helping a young rebel attempt to change history.
All are pitted against the gods, the emperor, and the decline and fall of damn near everything.
It's 123 A.D.--a time not unlike the present--and No Roads Lead to Rome.
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