Mars the Avenger: A Mystery in Ancient Rome

Mars the Avenger: A Mystery in Ancient Rome

by Alan Scribner


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"Mars the Avenger" is an historical mystery set in the year 158 CE, during the reign of Antoninus Pius, a period often called the height of the Roman Empire. It is also a daily life in ancient Rome and a sojourn into the world of Roman life, criminal law, police and courts.
Marcus Flavius Severus, a judge in the court of the Prefect of the City of Rome, investigates the disappearance of a senator's wife and the finding of the body of a murdered man thrown on the steps of the Temple of Mars the Avenger. As the investigation unfolds, the two cases become connected to a love affair seventeen years before in the Roman orient.
The investigation leads Judge Severus and his court and police aids through the City and the society of ancient Rome, into a slave market, wealthy villas, taverns, tenement apartment houses and the Circus Maximus. There are also scenes in Roman courts and the book is accurate as to the criminal laws of the time, including the use of judicial torture. All laws, rescripts and legal procedures are from Roman law sources.
The novel also introduces a perspicacious new detective in the person of Roman judge Marcus Flavius Severus.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781463789787
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/24/2012
Series: A Judge Marcus Flavius Severus Mystery in Ancient Rome , #1
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 769,580
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Alan Scribner is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Yale Law School. He was an Assistant District Attorney in the office of Frank S. Hogan in New York County, and a criminal defense attorney. He is also an independent scholar of ancient Rome and co-author of "Anni Ultimi: A Roman Stoic Guide to Retirement, Old Age and Death."
He is retired and lives in New Hampshire.

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