Ship of Rome

Ship of Rome

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Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome - it could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, more powerful than any Atticus has encountered, forces them to act together. So Atticus becomes involved in a political struggle that is completely foreign to him. Rome urgently needs to build a navy but the obstacles are many: political animosities; legions entrenched in traditional methods; Roman prejudice against perceived outsiders. The enemy is first class, experienced and determined to control the seas. Can Atticus, and the fledgling Roman navy, staffed with inexperienced sailors and unwilling legionaries, outwit and out-fight his opponents?
Publisher: London : Harper, 2009
ISBN: 9780007285242
Branch Call Number: STACK
Characteristics: 362 p. ; 20 cm

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ChristchurchLib Jan 20, 2015

Atticus Perennis and Septimus Capito have little in common: Atticus, captain of the trireme Aquila, comes from a Greek fishing family; Septimus, a Roman and a marine centurion, has spent most of his military career on land. Nevertheless, the two reluctant comrades-in-arms must work together when confronted by a vast enemy fleet that threatens the very existence of the Roman Republic and its fledgling navy. Set in 200 BCE, this 1st book in the Masters of the Sea series is followed by Captain of Rome and Master of Rome. Historical Fiction January 2015 newsletter.

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Jun 06, 2014

Set during the First Punic War and with several sea battles between the Carthaginians and Romans it was a definite must read for me.

I thought the story was not quite as developed as it could have been but all in all it told a good tale and kept my interest. I will definitely be reading the rest of the trilogy.

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