“By turns charming, haughty, and brutal . . . Toner, a classicist, comes up with an ingenious device. He creates Marcus Sidonius Falx, an ancient-Roman nobleman and the imagined author of a treatise on how to buy, breed, and train a slave." —The New Yorker
“Captivating . . . Toner draws on Seneca, Pliny the Younger and various Roman chroniclers to create in Falx a credible portrait of the affluent slaveholder—smug, smart, sardonic.” —Bloomberg.com
About the Author
Mary Beard is a Cambridge professor and author of more than a dozen books, including Confronting the Classics.