By John Stack

Masters of the ocean publication II

Two amazing empires conflict one another for regulate of the excessive seas within the moment installment of the exciting maritime adventure

Atticus is the younger captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the assault fleet of the Roman army, yet his commander is a tender upstart whose place has been bought instead of earned. absolute to obey his green commander's rash orders, Atticus sails instantly right into a rigorously laid catch. within the conflict that follows, it's only via defying his commander that he can pull his males again from the edge of defeat.

Atticus pays a excessive cost for his defiance although, and is summoned to Rome. regardless of his friendship with Septimus, a Roman centurion, Atticus is dangerously unversed within the politics of the Roman senate and finds himself dealing with battles either at sea opposed to an ever-more ferocious enemy and on his personal send by way of these just about domestic who wish their revenge. Culminating in a single of the best sea battles of classical times, this is a stirring and strong novel.

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See below p. 000. The next letter, Ep. 74 (40) of AD 388, is addressed to the emperor Theodosius on the subject of the destroyed synagogue at Callinicum. The letter urges the emperor not to punish monks and others who had destroyed a synagogue in distant Mesopotamia. This is presumably a real letter. A second 1 According to Sherwin White 1966, 52–56, Pliny published the first nine books in separate batches himself. The tenth book was published after his death, but a collection including all ten books can be traced back to a manuscript of the sixth century (Sherwin White 1966, 83).

4 M. Humphries, Communities of the Blessed, Oxford, 1999, 147–53. R. C), Como, 1989. 5 On the circumstances cf. McLynn 1994, 334–35. 6 Ep. 71. 7 Ep. Siricii. See below p. 336. 8 Ep. ex. 15. part 1 15/7/05 1:04 pm Page 23 GENERAL INTRODUCTION 23 a queen of the Marcomanni asked Ambrose by letter how she might come to believe. Ambrose’s reply was framed in the form of a catechism, but it also included the advice to the king her husband that he should keep peace with the Romans. The queen later travelled to Milan to see Ambrose, but by the time she came, he was no longer alive.

A case that is plausible, but far from conclusive, has been made for dating Ambrose’s second embassy to Maximus to this time. The scenario would then be as follows: the government of Valentinian responded to the threats of Maximus by sending Ambrose to Trier a second time. The stated purpose of Ambrose’s mission was to persuade Maximus to release the body of Gratian for burial in Italy, but on this view Valentinian also hoped that Ambrose would be able to repeat the success of his first mission, and prevent an invasion of Italy.

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