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5.0 out of 5 stars

on 16 January 2008
I enjoyed this book.
The story is about how a 'lucky' little slave girl from Britain made good in Seneca's Service. How Nero ordered his old tutor Seneca's, suicide against the panorama of domesticity and the perils of public life. There is very little salacious or violent material. However, it does contain a description of a Roman marriage; Roman marriages were designed to produce babies nine months hence.
I like the idea of this story being a translation of letters found in an unusual circumstance. The naivety of the little slave girl is charming, her wonderment at all things new & strange is often amusing. I found the circumstances of her departure from Britain, heartrending..keep a tissue handy! They were cruel times. But were they any worse than our 'modern & enlightened' time?
The story is part fiction and as far as can be determined part fact. (There are historical references) I had difficulty seeing the joins, but I am no expert.
There is a moving and poignant account of how the letters, which the story is taken from, were first discovered in Slovenia, by partisans struggling to release the Fascist grip during W.W.2
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