From New York Times bestselling novelist Lindsey Davis comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor Domitian, known to all of the Roman world as Master and God
Set in the reign of the Emperor Domitian in first-century Rome, Master and God is Lindsey Davis's meticulously researched epic novel of the life and times surrounding the last of the Flavian dynasty of emperors. Gaius Vinius is a reluctant Praetorian Guard—the Emperor's personal guard—and a man with a disastrous marriage history. Flavia Lucilla is also in the imperial court and she is responsible not only for having created the ridiculous hairstyle worn by the imperial ladies but for also making toupees for the balding and increasingly paranoid emperor. The two of them are brought together in an unlikely manner—a devastating fire in Rome—which then leads to a lifelong friendship.Together they watch Domitian's once talented rule unravel into madness and cruelty, until the people closest to him conspire to delete him from history. As an imperial bodyguard, Vinius then faces a tough decision. Master and God is a compelling novel of the Roman Empire—from the height of power to the depths of madness—told from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends who together are the witnesses to history.
It was a quiet afternoon on the Via Flaminia. When a wisp of smoke wafted across from the river direction, sheered downwards and dematerialised against a pantile on the roof of the station house, nobody noticed. Rome, the Golden...
Praise for Master and God
“Detailed and witty recounting of ancient Roman life, public and private, from the sure-handed Davis.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Davis layers modern dialog and sensibilities on a lavishly described historical setting, creating a novel that is detailed and well paced.” —Library Journal
“As we've come to expect, Davis's descriptions of Rome are vivid and lively ... a great yarn.” —The Daily Mail
In the Press
Read the Kirkus Review of MASTER AND GOD . Two Roman roommates, a Praetorian Guard and an imperial hairdresser, play a part in their emperor's destiny. - Kirkus Reviews