Category: Stilicho’s Son

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 28

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction | Arsace met me when I arrived at the Palatine late in the day on the twelfth. The Palatine was the complex of imperial residences…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 27

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction I addressed Namatian. “Julian had many good arguments. He thought the fable about a tower was absurd. God was afraid of men reaching Heaven, so…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 26

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction I shouldn’t have taken up his offer, but it was quite beyond my control. Like a siren, his affectionate reminiscences and petty complaints lulled me…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 25

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction His face went slack. He took my compliment like a defeat. “I’ve heard you lost your nerve,” he replied, sitting back down. “Don’t lose your…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 24

Not at all, only something Proba told me.”

“Where are my manners?” He listened attentively as I told him the story. When I finished, he didn’t seem surprised, though he took some time to consider his words. “Placidia will make the worst kind of wife. But I know your feelings. Believe me, the gods are dogs if she could find that weak meat appealing.” He looked me over, then looked at his slave. “You’re thinking, ‘what does my dearest Volusian know of women?’ You’re right, of course. I know nothing. I offered Italica my Lucius here.” He rubbed one of the legs of the slave near his couch. “His tool works perfectly well. I thought she’d be delighted. I’ve always been a generous man, as you know. Instead, she only complained he has no tongue, as if she cared what a slave said. She doesn’t care what I say.”

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 23

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction It was Sunday, the Sun-King’s day, named by Constantine, that emperor whose allegiance was as fickle as his ambition was voracious. Under the protection of…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 22

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction In the end, I avoided Proba’s bed. I wondered for a time whether it was the wisest choice or even the most interesting one. Nevertheless,…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 21

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction I stayed on at Tibur, sharing dinner again with Proba the following evening and then contracting a malady that caused my eyes to burn. It…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 20

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction I arrived for dinner to find myself the only guest. When I asked about Pelagius, Proba explained that he and Celestius had been requested to…

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Stilicho’s Son – Episode 19

Copyright © 2015 Teresa Wymore. All Rights Reserved. Historical fiction The day following my dinner with Proba and Paulinus, I prepared to return to Rome. I realized I wouldn’t have much more time before my…