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Vox Pop: Last Days of the Roman Republic

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Hardcover, 343 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
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Stuart Berman
Jan 15, 2014 Stuart Berman rated it it was amazing
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Probably one of the best historic novels written about ancient ROme.

This novel goes by the title "Vox Pop: Last Days of the Roman Republic" when published in the U.S. The title "Silence Among the Weapons" was used for European publications. I thoroughly enjoyed it for its combination of history, setting in theater, and splendid dialogue and wit. Though entertaining, this work also touches the spirit, mixing mirth with desolation and the sense of hollowness that only war can impress upon you.
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One of the most important of the British playwrights to emerge in the mid-20th century. His plays mix poetry and songs with colloquial speech in a boldly theatrical manner and involve strong conflicts purposely left unresolved.

Arden grew up in the industrial town of Barnsley, the character of which he captured in his play The Workhouse Donkey (1963). He studied architecture at the University of Ca
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