Gaius and Achilles

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During the time of the Late Roman Republic, Achilles Aristides, a young aristocrat from Paphos, finds his life thrown into confusion when he is captured by pirates, separated from his lover Hippothous and becomes the slave of decadent Roman poet Gaius Manlius Torquatus. More

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Words: 82,120
Language: British English
ISBN: 9781466145627
About Clodia Metelli

I grew up in London, spending a childhood largely immersed in books and my own world of make-believe, fuelled by a kaleidoscope of literary and historical obsessions. This has mostly set the pattern for my life so far, and inspired me to spend years studying Greco-Roman society, gaining an MA and a PhD in the process.

Now I live by the sea with my partner and a black cat called Achilles.

I write both fantasy and historical fiction. Often my stories have a gay romance theme.

Most of my historical fiction is set in the ancient Graeco-Roman period, which I studied for many years and which remains a passion with me (reading Suetonius can have a terribly corrupting effect on a young mind...).

I aim to offer an alternative, more internalised window on Graeco-Roman society, the emotional and cultural lives of courtesans and poets rather than the deeds of gladiators and victorious generals. An elegiac rather than epic perspective.

I also like to explore that period’s differing attitudes to sex and gender and imagine how individuals may have responded to the mores of their time, whether consciously defying them or finding some kind of liveable compromise.

My fantasy fiction includes both urban vampire stories set in contemporary London and fantasy set in the ancient and decaying civilisation of Laurentium.


Gaius and Achilles Book Trailer
Book trailer created using only ancient Greco-Roman images and reconstructed Greek music. It was great fun and very interesting to put together. Hope it amuses and gives you a flavour of what the book is like!

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Review by: avis h on July 28, 2013 :
Really? All I can say is that some people were born to be just readers. I just couldn't connect the dialogue/language to the time period depicted. The story has promise but was quite disjointed. Was the word 'boyfriend' used back then?

I enjoyed the video though. 5 stars for it.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)

Review by: Beryll Brackhaus on July 07, 2012 :
Really enjoyed this!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

Review by: Steve Smith on March 29, 2012 :
This book was so good, I can't wait for more from this author!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)

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