Meet Aurelia Mitela – warrior, diplomat, spy

The three ages of Aurelia

Aurelia Mitela, archetype Roma Novan, came to life when I was writing the first Roma Nova book, INCEPTIO. Then, she was the clever, experienced grandmother of Carina, the book’s heroine. But she had secrets behind her contained exterior. By the time I was halfway drafting SUCCESSIO, I was […]

How far is the road to Rome, or even Virunum?

Virunum today (Photo: Wikipedia)

Roman horseman (Author photo of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline)

Travelling in the ancient world was different, fundamentally different. Young (and not so young) men were by far the most mobile in the Ancient Rome over the whole period whether you count it to AD 476 (west) or 1453 (east) because they fought […]

So what's this 'Roma Nova' about?

It’s about books. No, it’s about stories, stories of people, their aspirations, their dilemmas, their loves and their adventures.

Roma Nova is an imaginary country (except in the author’s head and in those of similar enthusiasts) which bears some physical resemblance to a small European country but nothing like or any other otherwise. Developing […]