Fictional vs. real life archaeological discoveries


Charlie Hughes from Dominus back when you was a young grad student (sketch by Fiona Fu)

So, the archaeological mystery in Dominus begins with a medieval well, a collapsed wall, and unburied skeletons discovered at an ancient Roman villa site located just outside of Rome. But damn, real life is stranger (and better) than fiction. The on-going exploration of this late 4th century BCE Greek tomb is absolutely fabtastic. Great interactive maps, photos and excellent drawings though most likely not (like, um no) Alexander’s tomb. Bit of sensational ministry PR, me thinks. Happens. 

In book 2 of the Dominus series, Stefano and Charlie return to the mysterious underground corridor in the dead of night.

My guest blog post

Another blog post by little ol’ me about writing history and Romans in gay and m/m romance fiction. Read it HERE:


Maps are fun


The Roman Empire in the year that Trajan died while on campaign in the east. Click on the image for a larger version.

The Trophy of Marius… or rather, Domitian.


“This panoply of war trophies was misidentified during the Renaissance as “Trophei di Mario” (Trophies of Marius), referring to Gaius Marius (157-86 BC). The Roman General and Consul (elected Consul an unprecedented 7 times) was considered the third founder of Rome due to his defeat of the invading Germanic Cimbri and Teutonic tribes. He was popular for hundreds of years after his death. The panoply is actually from the time of Domitian, and represents trophies from his battles against the Dacian King Decebalus in 85 AD and his return after the loss of the 5th Legion’s battle standard in 86 through 88 AD. The war was eventually put on hold with a treaty and tribute while troops were built up, until finally Trajan completed the job during his renowned Dacian War campaigns of 101-102 and 105-106 AD (during which Trajan seized the Dacian gold and silver mines, and treasure ($474.3 million silver and $10.55 billion gold) improving the Roman economy tremendously).”


JP adds: The amount of wealth brought back to Rome as a result of Trajan’s Dacian Wars was extraordinary. But did Trajan find all the gold? 


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