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Gladiator, The

Author(s): Williamson, Thames Pages:
Publisher: Coward Date of Publication: 1948
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome Period: t/o Nero (Code: 7b5)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c/p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Faljan, a gladiator, loves Lydia, a dancing girl, but Agrippina, mother of Nero, recruits him to her service & then Octavia, wife of Nero, wants to bear FaljanÕs son & pass it off as NeroÕs to provide a less degraded stock. Lydia becomes a Christian & reforms her life. Faljan gets chummy with the Empress Poppaea. but Lydia converts him & draws down PoppaeaÕs wrath. Flajan must get past one last combat before he & Lydia escape the burning of Rome.
Unique Qualities: Compare Lance Horner, Rogue Roman, for a comparable plot device.

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