By Steven Saylor
The yr is 52BC, and Rome is in turmoil. Rival gangs prowl the streets as Publius Clodius, a excessive born populist baby-kisser, and his arch-enemy, Tito Milo, struggle to manage the consular elections. but if Clodius is murdered at the Appian manner and Milo is accused of the crime, the town explodes with riots and arson.
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M. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. m. the twelfth hour of the night To those who taught me history, beginning with Iva Cockrell, and at the University of Texas at Austin, Professors Oliver Radkey, M. Gwyn Morgan, Richard Graham and R. David Armstrong Part One Riot "Papa! " A hand gripped my shoulder and shook me gently. I pulled away and felt cold air on the back of my neck as the blanket slid away. I snatched it back and snuggled against it, burrowing for warmth. I reached for Bethesda, but found only a warm vacancy where she should have been.
Publius's children are too young to see to it. It will fall to others in the family. We may need you. " She sighed wearily 'There's nothing to be done right now, except to seek what comfort we can. " She stood and looked bleakly towards the women across the room. The interview seemed to be at an end. I nodded to Eco. Together we rose from the couch. The slave girl came to show us out. Clodia walked away from us, then turned back. "Wait. You should see him. " She led us across the room, to the altarlike table where Metella stood along with two other women and a child.
There was a collective groan. "Yes, a trial," insisted Appius. "It's the only way to expose the bastard and his friends along with him. Do you think Milo alone was behind this? He hasn't the wits to stage an ambush. I smell Cicero's bloody maw! Uncle Publius's enemies didn't kill him on a whim. It was cold, calculated murder! I don't want just revenge; a knife in the back could accomplish that I want to see these men discredited, humiliated, jeered out of Rome! I want the whole city to repudiate them, and their families with them.
A Murder on the Appian Way: A Mystery of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor