Via Roma

by Robert Silverberg


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One of the Roma Eterna stories.

Cymbelin is the son of a wealthy merchant of Britannia on his first visit to the center of the Empire. Almost from the moment he arrives, he finds himself among the elite of Roman society, attending parties with Senators, ex-Consuls, war heroes, famous gladiators...and their beautiful daughters and nieces (since Roman society is heavily male-dominated). He works hard to not be the innocent provincial, but he is unprepared for the casual relationships and sophisticated pleasures of the upper class. And he is also unprepared to become an unwitting spectator to events that will change the course of the Empire forever.

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