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Captive of Rome

Author(s): DuBois, Theodora Pages:
Publisher: Crown Date of Publication: 1962
Reading Level: YA Genre:
Setting: Rome Period: c. 410 AD (Code: 9c1)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan:
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Irish princess, sold as slave to Galla Placidia, sees sack of Rome, in which she is captured by Goths, suffers adventures & sees famous people (incl emperor Honorius, St Patrick & Ataulf the Goth).
Unique Qualities:
Rating: YA; v gd, exciting EFR. Ralph W. Mathisen points out that 'the tale went that Honorius had a pet chicken named Roma (i.e. Rome), and when the report came that Rome had been captured, he immediately feared for his chicken, and was less taken aback when he discovered that the city was meant.' Dubois includes this incident, along with many other chicken-related details.
Review By: EFR
Review In: CW 56.5 (130)

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