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Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
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Nov 30, 10

Read from November 15 to 29, 2010

This is a beguiling and brutal book about Rome-life, both in the Imperial court and the slave underground & often about how they collide. The setting is the turning of the B.C. into the A.D. +/-90 years.

I enjoyed the book but it is violently graphic, giving you a clear picture of what it was like to be a Gladiator or a pleb in the crowd watching daily executions. It was pleasant that the author let you look up the Roman vocabulary and did not waste time going into describing it. It was a fast-paced and easy to read. Also, a good deal was based on actual people and events.
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