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KLIATTTo quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2000: Damon is a young medical student living in Alexandria in 45 B.C. When his mother dies, he sets off with his good friend Artemas, a would-be soldier, on a dangerous journey to the battlefields of Spain to tell his father the news. On the way their ship is caught in a whirlpool, and they escape on a raft just in time, narrowly avoiding shark attacks (this scene is depicted in the exciting illustration on the cover). They are rescued by Cleopatra's ship, and meet the pharaoh herself, who brings them to Rome. In repayment, they agree to find out for her what the tricky orator Cicero is up to, to help her convince Caesar that he poses a threat, and they find out for themselves that he is untrustworthy. While in Rome, they also attend the Circus Maximus and are shocked and sickened by its brutality. Cleopatra gives the young men an amulet, the Wadjet Eye of the title, to protect them, and provides them with horses for their trip. Damon and his father meet up at last in a hospital tent near the bloody battlefields at Munda, where the father has been fighting as a centurion with Caesar's army. Artemas gets to meet his hero Caesar, and is thrilled to be invited to stay on with him and fight, but Damon and his father, happily reunited after many years apart, make plans to return home to Alexandria. Full of action and adventure, this brief novel is a quick and entertaining read. The author has clearly done her research; there is a glossary as well as a lengthy author's note at the end discussing various aspects of life in the ancient Mediterranean, from medicine to warfare to Cleopatra's famed facility with languages. The contrastingcharacters of Damon and Artemas, each courageous in his own way, add to the interest. A good choice for those who enjoy historical fiction or for classes studying ancient history. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2000, Houghton Mifflin, Clarion, 156p. bibliog., $5.95.. Ages 12 to 15.