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In the Shadow of Vesuvius

Author(s): Wilson, Barbara Ker Pages: 191
Publisher: World Date of Publication: 1965
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome, Pompeii, Naples, Period: 79 AD (Code: 7d1)
Rome Setting: y/3 Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Follows the fortunes of a young Marcellus & Callias, slaves in senator Quintus Calpurnius AquilaÕs house in Rome. Vesuvius erupts while the family is summering in Pompeii for the marriage of the senatorÕs daughter. The two eventually get their freedom after saving the life of the wool-merchant Piso (who makes Marcellus a partner). Marcellus & Callias marry & live happily ever after.
Unique Qualities: as Beloved of the Gods. London: Longmans, 1965. Not to be confused with Eilis Dillon's novel of same name & similar contents.
Rating: ÒMany aspects of Roman life are worked quite plausibly into the storyÓ (Ridington)

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