By Douglas Jackson
An important new ancient epic within the culture of Conn Iggulden combines impeccable learn and historic detailing with the facility and velocity of an outstanding thriller
As a tender slave, Rufus grows up faraway from the corruption of Caligula's imperial court docket the place extra, large construction tasks, the most important gladiatorial battles Rome used to be ever to see—men and animals killed within the hundreds—conspiracies, assassination makes an attempt, and sexual scandal have been the norm. but if Rufus' turning out to be popularity as an animal coach and his friendship with Cupido, considered one of Rome's maximum gladiators, allure the harsh gaze of the Emperor, Rufus is acquired from his grasp and brought to the imperial palace because the keeper of the imperial elephant. Rufus quickly sees that existence here's dictated by way of Caligula’s ever transferring moods—he is as beneficiant as he's merciless and he's a megalomaniac who announces himself a dwelling god who concurrently lives in consistent worry of the plots opposed to his lifestyles. yet Caligula's paranoia isn't really lost, and Rufus and Cupido locate themselves unwittingly put on the heart of a conspiracy to assassinate the Emperor.
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Ch. 5 and 6; Veyne (1961), esp. 224–231. 24 Verboven (2003a); Camodeca (2003) 74; Andreau (1999) 76–79; Andreau (1994) 49–55. 25 The Sulpicii as bankers, Harris (2006) 12; Camodeca (2003) 74; Gröschler (1997) 57–66. 26 A number of documents are canceled; they have three big letters ‘SOL’ (for solutum, ‘paid’) scratched through the text; others are canceled by long diagonal lines. 27 Two tablets show marks (‘tab. XIII’; ‘tab. 28 Reading the documents, it is hard to escape the impression that what we see reflected in them is the business of a relatively homogeneous socio-economic group.
However, see Dennison (1898) 394, nr. 54: C. / hic s[itus est]. 22 Slaves: CIL I 2687, 2697; freedman: CIL I 2679. Camodeca (1999) 22. 23 See Garnsey (1981); D’Arms (1981) esp. ch. 5 and 6; Veyne (1961), esp. 224–231. 24 Verboven (2003a); Camodeca (2003) 74; Andreau (1999) 76–79; Andreau (1994) 49–55. 25 The Sulpicii as bankers, Harris (2006) 12; Camodeca (2003) 74; Gröschler (1997) 57–66. 26 A number of documents are canceled; they have three big letters ‘SOL’ (for solutum, ‘paid’) scratched through the text; others are canceled by long diagonal lines.
7920 (the Valerii seem to have been a local family, see CIL X 1814, M. 120, CIL X 1945. For the Cossutii as a Puteolan family, see CIL X 1784, Cossutius Rufinus, decurion in 187 AD. 12, 26. Suetonius Claudius 25,2. See Wolf (2001) 95, who thinks the date must thus be 43/44. 52 The name of M. 53 C. 54 Other documents too point to repeat dealings. In several vadimonia (agreements to appear in court), the contested total sum consisted of two or three smaller ones, suggesting that sums for several transactions were being lumped together.