Written on Jun, 13, 2017 by in ,

*** Eucher woke slowly and turned to the sound of moaning. A girl was riding Theodore. He lay on his back. She rocked on top of him, her hands resting her weight on his chest. Her round breasts rose and fell, and she sighed with the rhythm of her rocking hips. Like a first glass of wine after a tiring …

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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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