A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Emma Southon audiobook

A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum: Murder in Ancient Rome

By Emma Southon
Read by Sophie Ward

Blackstone Publishing 9781419753053


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Runtime: 11.19 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English



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An entertaining and informative look at the unique culture of crime, punishment, and killing in ancient Rome

In ancient Rome, all the best stories have one thing in common—murder. Romulus killed Remus to found the city, Caesar was assassinated to save the Republic. Caligula was butchered in the theater, Claudius was poisoned at dinner, and Galba was beheaded in the Forum. In one fifty-year period, twenty-six emperors were murdered.

But what did killing mean in a city where gladiators fought to the death to sate a crowd? In A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Emma Southon examines a trove of real-life homicides from Roman history to explore Roman culture, including how perpetrator, victim, and the act itself were regarded by ordinary people. Inside ancient Rome’s darkly fascinating history, we see how the Romans viewed life and death and what it means to be human.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I love this funny, scholarly, erudite, irreverent book. Emma Southon wears her learning lightly, but we never for a moment doubt her authority, and the past arrives with total immediacy from the first page. Reading it is like seeing a classical statue not remote and austere on a pedestal, but painted in all its original bright colors.” Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent
“A spirited look at ancient Roman history through a true crime lens…This colorful chronicle of ancient Rome has an appealingly modern sensibility.” Publishers Weekly
“Southon brings some great and little-known murder stories to light, reveling in the bizarre and the macabre.” BBC History
“Blood, guts, murder, emperors, and a sprinkling of uplifting Latin. A wonderful book on the Roman way of death. Mirabile dictu!” Harry Mount, author of Carpe Diem
“A brilliant idea, brilliantly executed.” Tom Holland, author of Rubicon
“Southon’s highly entertaining saga of murder and mayhem in ancient Rome is a guide to a society with a completely different concept of killing than our own.” CrimeReads



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Author Bio: Emma Southon

Author Bio: Emma Southon

Dr. Emma Southon holds a PhD in ancient history from the University of Birmingham. The author of Marriage, Sex and Death: The Family and the Fall of the Roman West and Agrippina: Empress, Exile, Hustler, Whore, she co-hosts a history podcast with writer Janina Matthewson called History is Sexy and works full time as a bookseller at Waterstones Belfast.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.19
Audience: Adult
Language: English