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The Roman

(1964)
(The second book in the Secret of the Kingdom series)
A novel by

 
 
This fascinating historical novel brings to life the ancient Roman Empire with all its decadence, vice, virtue, courage, splendor, and magnificence. Told from the first-person point of view, and closely following actual historical events and personalities, this is the story of Minutus Manilianus, a Roman knight who comes to manhood during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Skillfully recapturing the essence of the period in its vast tapestry of color, drama, beauty, and menace, Waltari weaves a masterful plot beginning in the eastern Mediterranean port city of Antioch. From there we follow Minutus as he makes his way to Rome and his first love, his travels to Britain where he is enlisted with a legion fighting the savage Celts (where he is also involved in another love affair), and eventually back to Rome and Greece. In the background, always veering in and out of the story, are the fervent followers of a cult named for a Jew who was executed in Judaea many years before. With the passage of time, these fanatical followers of Jesus continue to emerge around him...some among his own family. Meanwhile, Minutus becomes ever more tightly enmeshed within the circle of friends surrounding the young Nero, heir apparent to the throne. Follow along as Mika Waltari leads you on a fabulous journey to Ancient Rome.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

June 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Roman
Author(s): Mika Toimi Waltari
ISBN: 1-56849-486-6 / 978-1-56849-486-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Buccaneer Books
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1966 : Hardback
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Title: The Roman
Author(s): MIKA WALTARI
ISBN: 3860473441 / 978-3860473443
Publisher: Putnam
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Paperback Editions

June 1966 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Roman: The Memoirs of Minutus Lausus Manilianus, Who Has Won the Insignia of a Triumph, Who Has the Rank of Consul, Who Is Chairman of the Priest
Author(s): Mika Toimi Waltari
ISBN: 0-425-01832-6 / 978-0-425-01832-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
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Audio Editions

September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Roman
Author(s): Mika Waltari
Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
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Kindle Editions

May 2020 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Roman
Author(s): Mika Waltari
Publisher: Reading Essentials
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October 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Roman
Author(s): Mika Waltari
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