on 10 November 2007
The Treasury is absolutely brilliant! It describes each of the main characters one by one and then has a short piece apparently by each person. Each character describes their own childhood so vividly that you feel transported back in time. Each person has their own subject as listed here:
Flavia - festivals and holidays , myths and legends
Captain Geminus - transport and ,trade patrons and clients
Uncle Gaius - f arming and agri culture
Jonathan - sport and entertainment , religon
Doctor Mordecai - medicine death and burial
Miriam - love and marriage
Pulchra - fashion and beauty, Roman society
Nubia - freeborn and slave
Pliny the younger - the erruption of Vesuvius
Titus - emperors of Rome
Lupus - art , writing
Pliny the elder - scholarship
Alma -food and drink , entertaining and dining , recipes.
This amazing book can be read on its own but you might enjoy it more if you read some of the other Roman mysteries first. It's definitely a must for any RomanMysteries fan.
Reading the Treasury makes you understand the Roman Mysteries characters in context and how much research must have been needed to write them.
I had always thought that the Romans very very different from us because of slavery and their love of gladiatorial combats. But as Caroline points out on her website, we seem to enjoy very violent films and as for slavery I read only the other day, a story from Uzbekistan, where nine year olds pick cotton - so perhaps we are not that different.
on 26 October 2007
There was so much in this book that never made it into the series as a whole! Past stories and backgrounds on characters and more, which have not been mentioned in the series appear in the Roman Mysteries Treasury.
In addition there are facts and facts galore on ancient Rome and its inhabitants. Including peices on Beauty (by Pulchra naturally!), Thearte and many more. This is not a book to miss, if you want to learn more on ancient Rome, or if you just love the Roman Mysteries!
on 4 November 2007
A stimulating, brilliantly written book divided into chapters, with topics assigned by Flavia Gemina. The characters who have written their entry in the book include, the Emporer Titus, Pliny the younger and Pliny, as well as the four main characters. Along with extremely helpful information on all sorts of subjects, such as medicine, the Emperors of Rome and Roman weddings, there are beautiful photographs, and delicious recipes straight from Ancient Rome! The photographs are from the wonderful new series of Roman Mysteries and the book even includes a detailed timeline!
on 6 November 2007
If you love the Roman Mysteries, you'll love this book. All your favourite characters give opinions/facts/ideas on Roman life - it all really compliments the series well, except for the fact that it has a few typos - we've counted 4! But don't let that put you off, as it's a great read!