GoR amuse-bouche #5

A half hour of research on ancient Roman bridles for one fricking line of dialogue. *bangs head on desk*

Gaius, Allerix, and Max.


“I’m not hurt, sir. I’ve fallen off many horses, and I always manage to get back on. Trust me—with consistent training, Ferox will be an obedient and dependable mount, Dominus.”

“I trust that damn horse will surrender to the bit, but will you, cățel?” After a quick peck to Alle’s temple, Gaius rose to his feet, wiping the dirt off his hands. “The young believe they’re fucking immortal. Maximus, escort our battered and bruised Bellerophon to the stable baths for a long, hot soak while I check on the preparations for this afternoon’s voyage.”

“Voyage?” Allerix asked, glancing nervously at Max.

“Despite that unfortunate mishap, I’m impressed, Alle. Are you game for another, less hazardous adventure?”

“Do I have a choice?”

Smiling, Gaius reached down and brushed the underside of Alle’s chin. “No, you do not.”


Here’s a modern reproduction of Roman riding tack. Since horses are a big part of this saga, this research was not wasted time, thank goodness. Now, off to write… faster. *galloping back to my desk* 😀


  5 comments for “GoR amuse-bouche #5

  1. June 18, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Is there any information on Roman equestrian combat techniques in the absence of stirrups?

    • June 18, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Great question! It’s a tad complicated, as most of the cavalry during the imperial period was manned by auxiliary units, foreigners who had different tactics, training, and equipment. Romans weren’t the greatest horsemen. 😀 Some Dacians were even recruited into cavalry units following their defeat by Trajan. I’m no Roman military expert, but two points I’ve seen mentioned in a few sources: 1) the saddle had ‘four horns’ to keep the rider better seated and, 2) more important, cavalry didn’t charge but picked off already fighting enemy infantrymen from the flanks of an engagement. So horses were more for intimidation than direct “charge” fighting. Oh, and there’s lots of spears and arrows flying about as well. There’s a book called Equus: The Horse in the Roman World (I’ve read good and bad reviews).

    • June 18, 2015 at 9:37 pm
  2. June 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Sweet and tender scene. This is a rare moment in which gaius’ genuine concern and affection beyond just sex shows through. Loved it! And now to ponder what this adventure could be…

    • June 22, 2015 at 3:28 pm

      Tender Gaius melts me.

      Oh, sneak peeks at the adventure are posted under “Sunday Snippets,” m’dear. I’ve been waiting for a VERY long time to write the entire beach scene. 😀

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