Roman dinner parties

As I pen the latest banquet scene (a dinner party hosted by Gaius Fabius at his mansion on the Caelian Hill), I thought I’d share this lovely, detailed discussion of Roman dining practices (link below). “The End of the Dinner Party”: restored fresco from the House of the Triclinium, Pompeii

The Horsemen of the Imperial Guard

Last month, we chatted about the Praetorian Guard, the Roman emperor’s personal bodyguard. One major and recurring problem with the Praetorians, however, was their tendency to murder emperors or be party to successful assassination conspiracies. What to do about a bunch of deadly Praetorian assassins still hanging about the capital?