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Medicus

A Novel of the Roman Empire

by Ruth Downie

Medicus
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    Mar 2007, 400 pages
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    Mar 2008, 416 pages

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Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own

Ruth Downie's entertaining first novel is set in Roman Britain sometime early in the 2nd century AD. The Roman conquest of Britannia was completed about 30 years earlier, and the fall of the Roman empire won't be for at least another 200 years. In other words, having divided and conquered the tribes of Britannia and built Hadrian's Wall to keep the inhabitants of Scotland at bay, the Roman soldiers of the 20th Legion are sitting pretty without a lot to do except wait for payday (every 3 months), flirt with the native girls and get into trouble.

Into this setting steps the harassed, impoverished and newly divorced Gaius Petrius Ruso, fresh off the boat from Africa, newly appointed medicus to the 20th Legion. His hope is that this damp little island...

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