By Thomas Holt
Background tells us that during sixty nine advert, Nero fled his palace in Rome, stabbed himself within the throat with a pen, and was once trampled to loss of life by means of horses in a muddy ditch. yet here is one other risk: Nero didn't die in that ditch, yet someone who seemed greatly like him did. this offers Nero the chance to begin a brand new lifestyles in pursuit of his first love—music. yet Nero is being pursued via those that have cause to suspect he's nonetheless alive—one desires him lifeless, the opposite is a passionate fan of his dreadful track and needs his genius well-known.
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He scowled at me. ‘That’s my bloody song,’ he said. ‘Niobe, among the wavy reeds. ’ ‘Oh well,’ I said. ‘If you say so. Can we get on now, please? ’ Now’s probably a good time to tell you about Lucius Domitius and his music. Well, I’ll do my best, anyhow, because I’m damned if I understand it, the way he used to carry on. Me, I can’t ever see why people make such an almighty big deal about music and poetry and stuff. It’s just something that people make, the way I see it, like furniture or pottery or hardware.
Bloody terrible place, by all accounts, though I’ve never been there. Anyway, it’s one of the places where that evil shit Nero used to send people to die. Hundreds of ‘em he put in there, thousands even, and not more than one in twenty made it past the first year, or so they reckon. All the rich and powerful Roman lords who pissed him off, or else he was after their money and trumped up some phoney charge against them. ’ ‘I remember,’ I said with a sigh. ’ ‘Too bloody right. Anyhow,’ he went on, spilling some of the wine as he poured it, ‘one of the things that creep Nero did was, he’d hold these parties for all the high-up Romans, and when he’d got them trapped in that huge palace of his in Rome, he’d make ‘em all sit there for hours and hours while he played his harp at them and sang.
Still, it struck me as a bit farfetched that anybody, even a Roman senator (and they’re all as crazy as a barrelful of polecats), would set himself up for a second term in the slate quarries just for the sake of an apt quotation. Then again, I’m just a farm boy from the back end of Attica , so what would I know about Roman noblemen? ’ I’d done some discreet asking around in the inn, and found out that we were no more than three days’ walk from Camarina, and once we got there we stood a fair chance of finding a ship bound for the African coast without having to hang around for too long.