Historical Background Articles for my Novels

At the back of each of my novels, I discuss in a two to four page article some facet of history that is particularly important in the story. For some, there will also be much longer articles here dealing with many facets of the topic.

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From the novel: Conflict between Jews and Gentiles in Judean Galilee

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From the novel: Roman provincial government in AD 114: how to deal with Christians
Full article: Crime and Punishment

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From the novel: Paterfamilias: the absolute power of the Roman patriarch
Related articles:
Roman Family Law: The Power of the Father, the Rights of the Mother, the Fate of the Children
Roman Marriage, Divorce, and Dowry During the Early Empire

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From the novel: The daily life of gladiators: celebrities yet social outcasts in the Roman world
Full article: Slavery in the Early Roman Empire

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From the novel: Roman Family Law: The Power of the Father, the Rights of the Mother, the Fate of the Children
Related articles:
Paterfamilias: the absolute power of the Roman patriarch
Roman Marriage, Divorce, and Dowry During the Early Empire

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From the novel: Slavery in Roman Times: Hoping for Freedom While Legally Classified as a Thing
Full article: Slavery in the Early Roman Empire
Related articles:
The Role of War in the Slave Economy of the Roman Empire
The daily life of gladiators: celebrities yet social outcasts in the Roman world

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From the novel: The Role of War in the Slave Economy of the Roman Empire
Full article: Slavery in the Early Roman Empire
Related articles:
Slavery in Roman Times: Hoping for Freedom While Legally Classified as a Thing
The daily life of gladiators: celebrities yet social outcasts in the Roman world

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From the novel: Christians as Criminals Under Roman Law
Full article: Crime and Punishment
Related article: The daily life of gladiators: celebrities yet social outcasts in the Roman world

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From the novel: Roman Marriage, Divorce, and Dowry During the Early Empire
Related articles:
Roman Family Law: The Power of the Father, the Rights of the Mother, the Fate of the Children
Paterfamilias: the absolute power of the Roman patriarch
The daily life of gladiators: celebrities yet social outcasts in the Roman world

Fact and Fiction by Carol Ashby