I became interested in Roman history at a young age. “I Claudius” by Robert Graves snared me, the writings of Tacitus and Suetonius pushed me over the edge. Contemporary literature is lost on me, but tell me a good story that place in ancient Rome or Egypt, and we will be the best of friends.
“Pompeii: A Tale of Murder in Ancient Rome” was inspired, in part, by Lloyd C. Douglas’s “The Robe.” I always prefer a book with a bittersweet conclusion. The end of Douglas’s novel left me a little disheartened. I couldn’t help but wonder what if his noble young Roman hadn’t been so noble?