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A novel set in Germania Superior and Roma

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

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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. Also available in epub format for Nook and other e-readers.

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.

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

Coming Soon:
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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New posts:

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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