Written on May, 23, 2017 by in ,

*** The next evening, Theodore sent his men to Stilicho’s palace on the Palantine, where Eucher was saying while in Rome. It was dark when Eucher left with an escort of guards. Theodore had also sent a litter and six slaves, and so for the first time since leaving Africa, Eucher allowed myself to be carried. Slaves walked ahead with lamps …

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Written on May, 16, 2017 by in ,

Chapter IV Eucher went to relieve himself in the garden. Afterward, he wandered awhile among patches of cheery colors that reminded him of his uncle’s villa in Africa. A man approached. He was in his later years with graying temples and a careful manner. He wore an orange freedman’s cap and dirty-blue tunic, and his fingers were stained with black …

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Written on May, 03, 2017 by in ,

Pelagius’s wide face tightened, and his arms fell to his sides. He took a great, exasperated breath. “I didn’t realize that the Most Noble Namatian was so well-acquainted with the writings of the Apostles. I’d heard quite differently, that he wasn’t Christian at all—not so much as a heretic.” The Consul’s eyebrows rose with humorous approval. He tipped the wreath …

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Written on Apr, 18, 2017 by in ,

Namatian didn’t recline but sat, feet planted in front of him, cup in one hand and the other fidgeting with his yellow tunic. His reputation was as a man devoted to the past, so his invitation to a dinner of the Anicii seemed peculiar to Eucher at first, until he realized a politician as worldly as the Consul knew to …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2017 by in ,

The emperor Constantius had precipitated the conflict between Symmachus and Ambrose by removing the altar of Victory that had been placed in the Senate chamber by Caesar Augustus himself. Later, the emperor Gratian escalated the assault by stealing imperial funds meant for the cults and disbanding the priesthoods. Symmachus solicited several succeeding emperors to have the venerable objects returned. In …

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