St. Martin's Press
On Sale: June 5, 2012
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From New York Times bestselling novelist Lindsey Davis
comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor
Domitian, known to all of the Roman world as Master and
Set in the reign of the Emperor Domitian in first-century
Rome, Master and God is Lindsey Davis's meticulously
researched epic novel of the life and times surrounding
the last of the Flavian dynasty of emperors. Gaius Vinius
is a reluctant Praetorian Guard-the Emperor's personal
guard-and a man with a disastrous marriage history. Flavia
Lucilla is also in the imperial court and she is
responsible not only for having created the ridiculous
hairstyle worn by the imperial ladies but for also making
toupees for the balding and increasingly paranoid emperor.
The two of them are brought together in an unlikely manner-
a devastating fire in Rome-which then leads to a lifelong
friendship.Together they watch Domitian's once talented
rule unravel into madness and cruelty, until the people
closest to him conspire to delete him from history. As an
imperial bodyguard, Vinius then faces a tough decision.
Master and God is a compelling novel of the Roman Empire-
from the height of power to the depths of madness-told
from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends
who together are the witnesses to history.
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