A lone figure stands silhouetted atop the Mausoleum of Hadrian.

 

Behind him, the sun is setting over the centre of the known world. Far below, the river is in full flood. The City of Rome lies spread out before him on the far bank. Footsteps pound up the stairs. He’s been set up. An enemy is closing in; he is cornered. He jumps . . .

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The Author

Harry Sidebottom was brought up in racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer.

He was educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, where he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. In similar fashion he has taught at various universities…

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