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176 pages, Paperback
First published March 11, 2011
What a happy hound I was in those green and gold days, content to bask beneath the emperor's gaze, loll at his feet and watch him in silence. Looking back, I can see how such adoration, innocent though it was, might well seduce its object with as much efficacy as the oft-honed skills of a jade.
"These last four nights, while the Empire sleeps, I [Antinous] have assigned myself this confession. Any struggle must be resolved here upon these sheets, so the morrow holds nothing but acceptance, acquiescence, peace. With my lamp as witness I record my life until now. When I am finished, I must consign it all, save the final chapter, to the temple fire."From Antinous's words herein.