Author: Mary Ray
Illustrator: Gino d'Achille (cover)
Era: 62 A.D.
Published: 1974 (first publisher unknown)
Award: None known
Age Range: 12 years old and up
|Arch of Nero (completed 62 AD)|
Thomas Cole - 1846
Ray included various historical characters in her narrative including Thrasea Paetus, a Senator and former consul, who lived during the times of three Roman emperors, Caligula, Claudius and Nero. We also have a glimpse of Seneca and Emperor Nero whom Ray portrays in a realistic fashion.
|The Cascatelli (View of Rome from Tivoli)|
While the mystery aspect of the story suffers from some contrived plot manipulation, this disappointment is balanced by the rich description of Rome and the historical detail painted within the pages of the book. It's certainly a story by which any child would be captivated.
An extended summary of the book can be found at my children's blog, Children's Classic Book Carousel.
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