A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome by Emma Southon
Oneworld, 352 pages, £16.99
As Emma Southon points out, we all love a good murder story – and this book is full of poisonings, bludgeonings and beheadings from ancient Rome. Murder, as she says in her conclusion, allows us not only to see the “underbelly” of Rome, away from its shiny buildings, but also “how alike and unlike us” the Romans were.
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