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, 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 Mar, 28, 2017 by in ,

Female domestics in green dresses offered bowls of walnuts, honey-coated almonds, cakes baked with pistachios, fish-stuffed African olives, and fried goat cheese. Male domestics in short violet tunics tenderized the spitted roasts with prongs and dribbled savory pepper-oil that crisped the flesh black in the flames. Bottles of other expensive spices lay conspicuously strewn about. The single large serving table …

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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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