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Vestal Virgin: Romantic suspense in ancient Rome by [Tyrpak, Suzanne]
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This story had it all! It was obviously well researched. I found the timelines, architecture and historic details all in keeping with what we know about ancient Rome.
--Jess, Big Al's Books and Pals, 5 Stars

A fascinating and intriguing work of historical fiction.
Midwest Book Review -- 5 stars


This book begins with the poem, "The Silent Dead" by Catullus and perfectly sets the stage for the beginning of this most inspiring and heartbreaking work.
5 Stars from J. Lynn
--Red Adept Reviews

With a fluid writing style, Suzanne Tyrpak has created a gripping tale that immerses you in another time and culture. From the very beginning, I was pulled into the storyline.
--Mother Lode Book Reviews

There is a tension throughout that is well worth savoring, a sort of dread that fills the reader as things start to go wrong. -- Alice Y. Yeh (5 Stars) --Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews

Historical fiction readers will relish this powerful thriller that brings vividly to the armchair audience first century Rome.
--Harriet Klausner, The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews

From the Author

About seven years ago (before my divorce, when I had some expendable income) I traveled to Rome with a group of writers. I fell in love with Italy, Rome in particular. A travel book I read contained a short blurb about vestal virgins; it mentioned they were sworn to thirty years of chastity and, if that vow were broken, they would be entombed alive. That got me going! Plus, on a tour of the Coliseum, a guide pointed out the seats designated to the vestal virgins--the six priestess of Vesta were educated, and therefore powerful, at a time when most women weren't even taught to read.

I traveled to Rome twice, and on my second trip I hired a scholar who specialized in the year I'm writing about, A.D. 63-64, to give me a tour of the Forum. One of the most useful books I found was History of the Vestal Virgins of Rome, published in 1934 by T. Cato Worsfold. I also wrote to Colleen McCullough, and she was kind enough to write back. She gave me the name of an out-of-print book that I've used a lot, Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic, by H.H. Scullard. I have shelves of books about Roman history and Paul of Tarsus. Very little has been written about vestal virgins--but that gave me quite a bit of leeway. After all, I'm writing fiction!

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  • File Size: 2033 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Adytum; second edition (January 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: December 11, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G093HQ
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