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Next Major Article Coming Soon: The Roman Family
An article on the Roman family that will discuss the structure, customs, and Roman law related to the family should be here by late November, if not before. The power of the paterfamilias, the oldest male in the family, to control the details of the lives of his grown children is alien to most cultures today. It explains a great deal about the operation of Roman daily life and politics in both Republic and Empire. One of my novels, The Legacy, dealt with the fallout when this goes wrong. My next novel, Second Chances, picks up many of the same characters and their problems eight years later (coming in November). The historical note from the back of The Legacy presents a short discussion of the extraordinary power of the Roman patriarch.

Latest post
The Roman Family: Power of the Father, Rights of the Mother, Fate of the Children Historical background note from Second Chances by Carol Ashby. A full article on many aspects of Roman family life and the laws affecting Roman citizens will appear shortly.

The Daily Life of Gladiators: Celebrities Yet Social Outcasts in the Roman World Historical background note from Faithful by Carol Ashby. Full article on the daily lives of gladiators will appear shortly.

What’s new
Ever wonder how a Roman-era book cover that looks like a photograph gets made? My cover designer walks you through the steps she took to make the cover of my first novel, Forgiven.

Here’s her latest work:  the cover for number 5 in the Light in the Empire series, Second Chances.

Now available in paperback and ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and at Kobo worldwide.

Second Chances cover

Must the shadows of the past destroy the hope of the future?

Especially for the non-US visitors or anyone who likes epub books, I’ve started putting my all my novels for sale at Kobo world wide.
Now available Forgiven, Blind Ambition, The Legacy, Faithful, and Second Chances.

A quest novel ranging from Germania Superior to Roma and back.

Is the price of true friendship ever too high?

The Legacy cover
Volume 4 of the Light in the Empire Series
Now available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com.au, and international Amazon sites. Available at Kobo world wide and at Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook (epub).

Historical Background for Faithful

A novel set in Thracia and Roma

When Rome has taken everything, what’s left for a man to give?

The Legacy cover
Volume 3 of the Light in the Empire Series
Now available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and international Amazon sites. Available at Kobo world wide and at Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook (epub).

Historical Background for The Legacy

A novel set in Germania Superior and Roma

Sometimes you have to almost die to discover how you want to live.

Blind Ambition cover
Volume 2 of the Light in the Empire Series
Now available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and international Amazon sites. Available at Kobo world wide and at Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook (epub).

Historical background for Blind Ambition

A novel set in Judaea

Are some wounds too deep to forgive?

Forgiven Carol Ashby cover
Volume 1 of the Light in the Empire Series
Now available in paperback and Kindle formats at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, international Amazon sites, and at Barnes & Noble in paperback and Nook (epub) formats.

Historical background for Forgiven

Want to win a free e-copy of Forgiven, Blind Ambition, The Legacy, or Faithful? Check out the review of Rosemary Sutcliff’s The Silver Branch to discover how.

Article Update:
The Roman Navy: Construction of the Roman fleet during the First Punic War.

Coming Soon:
Roman Taxation. I researched and mostly wrote this during US tax season, but then I had to stop and file my taxes and get my novel, Blind Ambition, ready for publication last May. This will appear right after I get my next novel, The Legacy, out in November. There’s nothing quite like reading about the Roman approach to taxation to make you appreciate the humane practices of the US Internal Revenue Service!

Roman Medicine: Articles on many aspects of Roman medical practice, such as nutrition for good health and treating diseases, infection control for wounds, and cataract surgery.

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Major Update:
Slavery in the Early Roman Empire: Details of Roman law controlling who could be freed, when they could be freed, and how they could be freed.

New posts:

Roman Coins: Interpreting the Inscriptions Inscriptions on Roman coins provide invaluable information about an emperor and for dating archeological sites. Tables of inscriptions are provided here.

Historical background for The Legacy, a novel by Carol Ashby set in the Roman province of Thracia in AD 114.

Historical background for Blind Ambition, a novel by Carol Ashby set in the Roman province of Germania Superior in AD 114.

Historical background for Forgiven, a novel by Carol Ashby set in Roman Judaea in AD 122.

How Forgiven’s cover was made

Dates in the Roman Empire: An article on the different systems for dating a year that were used by the Romans.

Cook Like a Roman:
Preserving meat the Roman way with salt or honey
Sauces for Boiled Meat (Jus in Elixam) Salted meat was boiled to remove the salt before serving. These sauces by Apicius are intended for use with the boiled meat.
Bulbs (Bulbos): Roman recipes for bulbs such as tulips, but don’t try to eat these because they might poison you.
Ostrich (Struthocamelus): Recipes for ostrich stew that are suitable for other red meats.
Snails (Cochleas): A Roman favorite since the time of Julius Caesar. How to fatten them and some recipes.
Treating Roman Indigestion: Salts for Many Ills (Sales conditos ad multa) Spiced salts that Apicius claimed could be used againt “all illness” and could even prevent colds.

Recent posts:

Latin wordsearch puzzles about slavery and chariot racing.

Cook Like a Roman:
Nonalcoholic substitutions to make in recipes that call for wine if you don’t have any on hand.
Garum: An article on the fermented fish sauce that was a vital ingredient in much of Roman cooking.
Fungi Farnei vel Boleti: Roman methods of mushroom cultivation and some recipes.
Perna: An article about the pig in Roman cuisine and two recipes: Trojan pig and roast pork shoulder or ham.
Caulis: Two recipes for cabbage.
Pastinacae: Two recipes for parsnips.
Betas: Beets as a vermifuge and a recipe for beets and leeks in a red wine sauce.
Cucurbitas: Seasoned cooked pumpkin or squash

Roman Squash Recipe by Regina Fujitani: A tried and proven modern version of Cucurbitas

Crossword puzzle about slavery in the early Empire.

Updated posts:

Chariot Racing
New information on how the starting gates worked, the faction system, and a famous charioteer.

Historical Fiction: Books I’ve Written, Books I’ve Loved
New review of Medicus by Ruth Downie
Review of The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff
Review of I, Claudius by Robert Graves

Bibliography and Other Sources
A book on women in Britannia written by the director of the main museum for the World Heritage Site of Hadrian’s Wall. While focused on Roman Britain, this book is filled with information relevant to many other parts of the Empire.
Four books about Greek and Roman medicine, including a translation of an 8-volume compendium by Celsus written during the reign of Tiberius.
Online/DVD courses on Roman life taught by professors recognized for teaching excellence.

Cook Like a Roman
The answer to who first prepared Caesar’s salad and a recipe for you to try.

The Roman Navy
Map of the Roman fleet locations added.

Slavery in the Early Roman Empire
New section on the Christian perspective on slavery in the 1st century AD

How to make a crossword puzzle

Enjoy!

Carol

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