THE PURPLE PARCHMENT
fascinating facts about the first-century Roman world, by novelist Martha Marks
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Section 2: RUBIES OF THE VIPER gives insights into the historical characters—Nero, Otho (on the coin), Poppaea Sabina (at right), and the Flavians: Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, and Flavia Domitilla—and the fictional characters—Theodosia, Alexander, Stefan, Nizzo, and Lucilla—who populate my novel. There’s also a map of places in the book (95 KB PDF), which will help you visualize where the story takes place.
Section 3: WRITING CHALLENGES discusses issues that arise in the course of writing historical fiction, problems to be solved, etc.
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