PISIDIAN ANTIOCH

In Part VII of my historical novel, The Epiphany of Marcus Apronius, the protagonist, Marcus Apronius, meets the Apostle Paul of Tarsus and is proselytized by him in Pisidian Antioch. Paul is on his First Missionary Journey with Barnabus as recounted in Acts 13:13-52.

In ancient times there were at least fifteen cities named Antioch but only . . . .
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CLAUDIAN INVASION OF BRITAIN (A.D.43)

The Claudian Invasion of Britain is a central theme in my novel, The Epiphany of Marcus Apronius.

The protagonist, Marcus Apronius, takes an active part in a battle at the River Medway where the first major engagement of the invasion took place. He is unjustly accused of cowardice, prejudicially found guilty, and banished to Nisiros, a small . . . .
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THE BATTLE AT THE RIVER MEDWAY (A.D.43)

Cassio Dio in his book, Historia Romana, summarily covers the initial phases of the Claudian Invasion of Britain in brief ambiguous sentences. Historians and scholars have studied the unsubstantiated discrepancies, and leave us to accept their educated interpretations, or formulate scenarios of our own.

An apparent discrepancy is Dio telling us that Plautius conquered Caratacus and Togodumnus . . . .
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MORE ON THE CLAUDIAN INVASION OF BRITAIN

In my previous blog on the Claudian Invasion of Britain, I featured Dio’s History and ignored other ancient historians who made brief mention of Claudius’s glorious Triumph. Without a doubt, Dio remains our main source for information on the invasion, but while researching the subject, I found two other references by ancient historians:

One was Eutropius in his . . . .
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LUCIUS APRONIUS OF ANCIENT ROME

Lucius Apronius fighting the Frisians in A.D.29

Lucius Apronius is a historical person from the early part of the First Century who had a distinguished career as a general and governor that was notable enough to be mentioned in 11 separate chapters in Tacitus’s The Annals of Ancient Rome. I chose Lucius to be the father . . . .
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THE SCOURGING OF JESUS CHRIST

Several people have asked me why I described the pre-crucifixion scourging of Jesus Christ in such bloody and graphic terms; especially in light of the fact that three of the Biblical Gospels merely cover it with a single sentence and one doesn’t cover it at all:

Mathew Chapter 27:26: “Then he released Barabbas to them, but after . . . .
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FIDENAE

The ancient city of Fidenae is the site of the Villa Apronius in my novel, The Epiphany of Marcus Apronius. Fidenae is not fictional but was an actual Etruscan city on the Tiber River about five miles upstream from Rome on the Via Salaria.

I use the past tense “was” because the city has been completely obliterated . . . .
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NISIROS

I feel fairly confident that not many of my readers have ever heard of Nisiros(Nisyros) Island, however it is a real island and plays a prominent role in Part V of The Epiphany of Marcus Apronius. The novel’s protagonist, Marcus Apronius is banished to this island by the Emperor Claudius.

Nisiros is not a fictional product of . . . .
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