The Severan Prophecies

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When the Roman emperor Caracalla was assassinated, his family gave the task of safeguarding their dynasty to the questor Marcellus Decimus, the narrator of this story. How he led a young boy named Varius in a race against death that culminated in the restoration of the dynasty is one of the more remarkable episodes in the chaotic and violent history of Rome.
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When the Roman emperor Caracalla was assassinated, his family gave the task of safeguarding their dynasty to the questor Marcellus Decimus, the narrator of this story. How he led a young boy named Varius in a race against death that culminated in the restoration of the dynasty is one of the more remarkable episodes in the chaotic and violent history of Rome.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780978970468
  • Publisher: Foremost Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 0.99 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

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    I thought David Chacko might not be the writer to bring in a novel of the Roman Empire, but The Severan Prophecies proved me wrong. Told by Marcellus, a professional soldier, the story recounts the most major parts of the rise of the Severan dynasty. Marcellus is a great creation who comes to be one of the most important man in the empire--the right hand of two emperors. He¿s convincing as a Roman narrator, and his is the best first person account of an era since Robert Graves related the Augustan Chronicles through the eyes of Claudius. The book is alive with action and intrigue. The dynasty lived through turmoil and strange characters that few equaled. Starting with Septimus Severus, continuing to the lunatic Caracalla, then passing to the even wilder figure of Varius, the book hits every marker of sex, violence, and bizarre religions, from the sacred whorehouse that spawns a rebellion to the battles that propel the restoration of a dynasty. Along the way are court intrigues that carry all the way to the bloody end. We see the transformation of a young man from a leader in battle to the excesses that caused his name to be erased from Roman history. Chacko restores the gaps in the record and makes us wonder how history is really made. Like this, probably.

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