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AD 72. Titus Flavius Vespasianus, known as Vespasian, is Emperor of Rome, but his grip on power grows increasingly fragile as economic disaster threatens. The enormous riches from his Judaean campaigns are all but spent, legions go unpaid, and the yields from Rome’s vital Spanish goldfields have fallen dramatically since the civil war. Gaius Valerius Verrens is recently married and building a new home when the summons arrives from the Emperor. Vespasian needs a man with the combined skills of a lawyer and a soldier to investigate what is happening in remote, mountainous Asturica Augusta where the authorities claim a bandit called The Ghost is ravaging the gold convoys. But when Valerius arrives in Asturica he faces a much more complex situation. Stalked from the shadows he cannot tell ally from enemy, the exploited native tribes are a growing threat, and the tortured landscape itself seems capable of swallowing him up. Gradually he finds himself drawn into a much wider conspiracy, one that could plunge the Empire into a new conflict and that will place him on a deadly collision course with his old friend and most dangerous adversary, the former gladiator Serpentius.
This vintage book contains Charles Chiniquy’s 1884 autobiography, “Fifty Years In The Church Of Rome”. Charles P. Chiniquy (1809 – 1899) was a Canadian Catholic priest who converted to Presbyterianism. This eye-opening account of Chiniquy’s time spent as a priest in the Catholic Church is highly recommended for those with an interest in Roman Catholicism and would make for a fantastic addition to collections of related literature. Contents include: "My First School days at St. Thomas- The Monk and Celibacy", "The Confession of Children", "The Shepherd Whipped by His Sheep", "The Priest, Purgatory, and the Poor Widow's Cow", "Festivities in a Parsonage", "Preparation for the First Communion- Initiation to Idolatry", "The First Communion", "Intellectual Education in the Roman Catholic College", "Moral and Religious Instruction in the Roman Catholic Colleges". Many vintage books such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction.
This second volume William Heitland's masterpiece examines Rome as an Imperial Republic from 201 BC until the death of Sulla in 78 BC.
The third century AD in the Roman Empire began and ended with Emperors who are recognised today as being strong and dynamic - Septimius Severus, Diocletian and Constantine. Yet the intervening years have traditionally been seen as a period of crisis. The 260s saw the nadir of Imperial fortunes, with every frontier threatened or overrun, the senior emperor imprisoned by the Persians, and Gaul and Palmyra breaking away from central control. It might have been thought that the empire should have collapsed - yet it did not. Pat Southern shows how this was possible by providing a chronological history of the Empire from the end of the second century to the beginning of the fourth; the emergence and devastating activities of the Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire are analysed, and a conclusion details the economic, military and social aspects of the third century 'crisis'.

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