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An excellent companion volume to the Falco series,
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This review is from: Falco: The Official Companion (A Marcus Didius Falco Mystery) (Hardcover)
I am a recent convert to the Falco series so I pounced on this companion when I saw it was available. It is an excellent book to have to hand while you are reading the series. It includes a short autobiography of the author, essays about how she came to write the books and about the research she did.
There are also very useful sections of maps of ancient Rome and Europe and a gazetteer of places and their modern equivalents as well as sections on food and drink, religion, the Roman calendar, short essays on each book in the series with fascinating asides about how the author decided on various episodes and why some people had to die or be born. Throughout Lindsey Davis' marvellous humour is much in evidence.
This official companion is worth reading as a book in its own right as well as being very useful for looking up more information about the Roman way of life.