Taking the plunge - Roman baths

The Baths at Caracalla, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1899

Baths were such an intrinsic part of the Roman world that we can’t think of one without the other. Everybody went to the baths – everybody.

Today we see bathing as something we do privately in the home, but bathing in Rome was a communal, social […]

You have to know history before you can 'alternate' it

Roma Novan heroines, ancient and modern

To write alternative history with authenticity, it’s helpful to be as well-versed and researched as an author writing a more conventional historical novel.

Let me unpick that… Alternate (or alternative) history is based on the premise that the standard timeline diverged at a certain point and followed […]

Sunday picture - Villa Jovis, Capri

Villa Jovis, Tiberius’s palace on Capri, completed in AD 27 and from where he then ruled until his death in AD 37.

The entire complex spanned several terraces with a difference in elevation of about 40 metres and covered 7,000 m² (1.7 acres).

Reconstructions by Carl Weichardt (1846-1906), German architect – Das Schloß […]