Written on Mar, 22, 2017 by in ,

*** The office of Consul was one of the most ancient, but had become an expensive honor. Even so, every senator wanted it. The Consul sponsored games. He gave his name to the year. During imperial ceremonies, had the privilege of standing quite close to the eunuchs who surrounded Emperor Honorius. The Consul for the year was the patriarch of …

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Written on Mar, 14, 2017 by in ,

Chapter III The evening arrived along with another message. Eucher dismissed the tribune and tossed the newly delivered scroll to the couch. “Another order.” “Will you ignore this one, too?” asked Gallus. “What am I to do? Now that Arcadius is dead, the East is open for the taking, and Father wants it back. In this age of new wars …

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Written on Mar, 07, 2017 by in ,

Gallus ignored the provocation, saying only, “I have my price—” “Keep your coins.” Disappointed, Eucher rose and walked away. Gallus always asked to buy his freedom. Asked every month. Like most slaves, he accumulated fees and gifts. Though he could meet the market price, he couldn’t meet Eucher’s. Gallus was a boy, as all slaves were boys, though he was …

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Written on Mar, 02, 2017 by in ,

*** After the show, Eucher took Gallus to his father’s palace, a sprawling mansion south of the Flaminian Circus. What was a crime for a citizen and the duty of a freedman was the purpose of a slave as beautiful as Gallus. Eucher stripped Gallus and bent him over a sleeping couch. Gallus buried his face in the cushions. His …

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