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Tales of Ancient Rome [Kindle Edition]

S.J.A. Turney
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Book Description

A collection of bite-size stories of varying styles all based in the world of ancient Rome. 12 tales of the ancient world, plus a bonus tale to finish.

The second edition contains two new tales not told in the 1st. Laugh, cry and shudder at:

Hold The Wall - Hadrian's wall in the last days of the western empire
Vigil - A comedic tale of firefighting in Rome
*NEW* Rudis - A champion gladiator fights his last fight
*NEW* The Discovery - A Roman trader makes a surprising find in distant China
The man who bought an Empire - The lowest point of Imperial succession
Trackside seats - A slave helps his blind master at the circus
How to run a latifundium - A cautionary tale of estate management
A Reading - What does the future hold in Judea?
Exploratores - Trajan's scouts on the trail of Dacian warriors
With a pinch of salt - A comedic tale of food in Claudius' Rome
The Palmyrene Prince - Rome's eastern border tells grim tales
Temple Trouble - A tale of the early days of Fronto (of the Marius' Mules series)
Bonus tale: Aftermath in the Ludus - A fun finish.

Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 99 pages
  • Publisher: Victrix Books; 2nd edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00631TX80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,528 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! December 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
S.J.A Turney has put together a delightful set of tales that give us a glimpse into different aspects of Roman life and Empire.

I enjoyed the great diversity of these tales starting with the toppling of Emperor Flavius Gratianus Augustus by general Magnus Maximus around 383 AD and finishing with a hilarious adventure by Fronto (a major character in `Marius's Mules' series) in the house of the Vestal Virgins. Some of the tales have been based on real historical situations while others are pure fiction.

My favorites were the chariot race with its incredible twist at the end, the fable on the consequences of stinginess and cruelty and the story on the vigiles caught up in the great fire of Rome in 64 AD. All the tales were entertaining and informative.

Hopefully, S.J.A Turney might turn some of these tales into full novels.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Scores, Again November 14, 2011
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Another great job! I loved all of the short stories. They show the depth of the research and the depth of writing skills of Mr. Turney. He is so immersed in the history, culture and the day to day living of ancient Rome that he can write as though he lived there. More than one of the stories clearly shows that he has read Poe. Loved it, want more!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! October 30, 2012
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The opportunity to read about the infamous Roman figures is easy to find. Why this book stands out is that it illuminates Roman life of the more common persons life. I think I learned more about the reality of Rome from this book than many others. Reads well like Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series. Recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice collection of short stories September 30, 2012
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If you are not in the mood for an in depth novel, this selection for short stories will entertain and satisfy your taste for a Roman getaway.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting time period October 6, 2012
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This book was a very light read. Some of the stories were pretty lightweight but others fairly interesting with twists.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Tales September 6, 2012
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I really liked reading these short, interesting stories. Gave an interesting perspective on lives in Ancient Rome. I recommend this book as a quick, light read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it June 19, 2012
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S.J.A. Turney gets ancient Rome just right, in my opinion, and you'll certainly enjoy this book if you are a Roman geek like myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman Adventures November 18, 2013
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Considering life as we presently know, it's a wonder that these Roman tales are somewhat similar to what we people experience in early childhood or adulthood. When in Rome do as the Romans do best. This is a very interesting read and of interest to anyone wanting to know more of Roman life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Roman tales.
Good writing , short and interesting. Character driven stories with unexpected finishes. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in ancient Rome .
Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars what?!?! like totally awesome
This book is a fun read that will keep you very entertained. Especially if you like history and goofy humor.
Published 11 days ago by Seth
2.0 out of 5 stars Short stories of battle, death and irony.
Short vignettes about Roman legionaires for the most part. Battle, death and irony. No women in the short pieces I read before putting the book aside. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CA Book Lover
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
Not a bad read.
Published 1 month ago by George
4.0 out of 5 stars A Collection of Roman Stories That Are Short But Sweet
The author has a deep understanding of Roman attitudes and atmosphere; each short story is marvelously crafted like fine jewelry. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sherry Christie
1.0 out of 5 stars Would not recommend it to anyone over 12 years old
I found it simplistic and journalistic but full of detail. Would not recommend it to anyone over 12 years old.
Published 2 months ago by betty wanstall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 2 months ago by John Faulkner
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
The settings of the stories help bring the past to life. they are light, breezy reading for the most part.
Published 2 months ago by Lawrence R. Vespie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you're into Ancient Roman Times
This is a great book, especially if you're like me, and fascinated with Ancient Rome!
Published 2 months ago by Sapphyrez
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Collection of Short Stories
I love to read anything S.J.A Turney writes, but this book took me by surprise because when I purchased it I didn't realize it was a collection of short stories. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe Corso
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I live with my wife, my son and two (close approximations of) dogs in rural North Yorkshire, where my wife and I both grew up, surrounded by friends and family. A born and bred Yorkshireman with a love of the country, I cannot envisage spending my life anywhere else, though my anchor is sometimes tested as the wanderlust hits and we travel wherever I can find the breathtaking remains of the classical world. I have a love of travel and history, architecture and writing and those four interact well enough to keep me almost permanently busy.

Since leaving school and University, I have tried a great number of careers, including car sales, insurance, software engineering, computer network management, civil service and even painting and decorating sales. I have lived in four counties and travelled as widely as time and budget allowed and find myself, on the cusp of my fortieth year, back where I began and finally doing something I love.

Having written a number of unpublished short stories in my early days, I decided back in 2003 to try and write a full length novel. That was the start of Marius' Mules. Being a lover of Roman history, I decided to combine my love of writing and my love of classical history. Marius' Mules was followed two years later by Interregnum, my attempt to create a new fantasy story still with a heavy flavour of Rome. Since then, the success and popularity of both has spawned sequels to each work, with three tales in each series so far and more planned.

As well as my own website at I maintain a website detailing the Roman sites I visit and photograph at, and blog at I am an almost terminally chatty person. That's just a due warning if you feel like contacting me (via my website.) I am always happy to speak to people and have just put together an FAQ gathered together from things I have been asked previously.

A last note on reviews: Although I am currently a self-published author and there are a number of similar folk out there, some of whom I count as friends, the reviews I make on Amazon are in no way weighted toward them and I review work as I see it. In the same way, I hope the reviews I recieve will be based on an individual's personal experience with my work and not biased for or against by outside influences. Please be fair with reviewing - I do not endorse nepotism.

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