Book Review: Roman Hell – Author Mark Mellon

Toward the end of Titus's brief reign, terrible portents were reported throughout the city. - Tacitus, "Histories", Book VII

The story is nothing that experienced readers of horror will not recognize and it is nothing that those who enjoy the reading of mythology will be shocked by – it’s pretty straightforward in this regard. However, what is fascinating is the almost anthropological approach with which Mellon has chosen to tell his story. The book is meticulously researched and beautifully rendered with arresting images and insights into the ever day and commonplace as well as the pageantry and circus-like atmosphere that could have drenched that ancient city. Continue reading

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