An entertaining and amazingly informative guide to the realities of slavery in ancient Rome, with an introduction by Mary Beard
Marcus Sidonius Falx is a Roman of noble birth, whose family have kept slaves for generations. After serving with distinction in the legions, he retired to manage his substantial estates. He now divides his time between his country properties and his luxury villa on the Esquiline hill overlooking Rome. He has employed Dr Jerry Toner, Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics, Churchill College, Cambridge University, to set his work in context, and persuaded Professor Mary Beard to write a foreword.
Falx deus domesticus est! Luce sunt clariora sua consilia omnia --
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Entertaining and well-researched -- Patrick Kidd * Times *
Thought-provoking and illuminating -- Orlando Bird * FT *
Toner's commentary ... is excellent ... This book is at its best when Toner analyses Roman attitudes to slavery, and how little they changed even when Christianity began to take hold in the ancient world ... packed with fascinating references to the earliest writings about slavery -- Natalie Haynes * Independent *
Marcus dispenses advice with aplomb ... he is a fascinating creation -- Nick Romeo * TLS *