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Mark Knowles

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I read degrees in Classics and Management Studies at Downing College, Cambridge. After a decade working as a frontline officer and supervisor within the Metropolitan Police Service, I became Head of Classics at a school in Harrogate. I am a particular fan of experimental archaeology and rowed on the reconstructed Ancient Athenian trireme ‘Olympias’ during its last sea trials in Greece in 1994.

The Night Watchmen (vigiles) represent an under-researched element of ancient Roman society that really fascinates me. We know so little about them from archaeological and literary evidence, and yet they were such a common, perhaps even comforting, sight for citizens going about their daily (and nightly) business. I hope that 'The Consul's Daughter' gi
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Mark Knowles I've picked up the threads of the sequel to 'The Consul's Daughter' from where I left off a few years back. The recent process of being published and…moreI've picked up the threads of the sequel to 'The Consul's Daughter' from where I left off a few years back. The recent process of being published and its precursor has really given me a shot in the arm to become more efficient in managing my time, because I'm a full-time teacher now.(less)
Mark Knowles I was a relatively junior officer stood half frozen on a crimescene one morning, by a canal in central London. I was talking to another officer and we…moreI was a relatively junior officer stood half frozen on a crimescene one morning, by a canal in central London. I was talking to another officer and we were discussing how such scenes might have been handled in Victorian times, when The Met was still in its infancy. I think he mentioned an urban myth that a body had once been pushed to the other side of a canal so that it came under another borough's jurisdiction.

This got me thinking about how - of indeed if - murders were investigated in Ancient Rome by the city authorities. 'vestigia' means 'traces' in Latin, from where we get the modern concept, but there is really no evidence, written or otherwise, that tells us anything about the procedure at scenes of crime, although we do know about various punishments. I decided on my next set of rest days to become a member of the British Library to research the roles of the 'vigiles', the night watch, and the concept for the book really came from there.(less)
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I was born in 1977 and Elvis died but, for billions of people, these were not the reasons it will be forever memorable: 'Star Wars' was released. This film was not an immediate blockbuster: only a few dozen theatres showed it for its opening weekend, during which it was out-earned by 'Smokey and the Bandit'. Fearing a flop, George Lucas had booked a vacation in Hawaii and Harrison Ford reflecte... Read more of this blog post »
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