Vann published in September 2013 the first of a trilogy set in the twilight of Antiquity when the traditions of Rome collided with the customs of the Germanic Invaders. *To Forestall the Darkness* is the fictional story of a man who almost prevented the Dark Ages.
Vann’s interest in ancient Rome is life-long: its history, its technology, its literature, its language.
Rome didn’t need to decay away. The causes for it are three: Diocletian’s appointment of two to the office of Augustus and two to the office of Caesar; Constantine’s victory over Maxentius; Julian’s early death. Had any of the three been different, the world today would be much different, and probably much better.