Colosseum by Simone Sarasso

By Simone Sarasso

Britannia, 1st century advert: a tender Briton is deported by way of the Roman military and despatched to paintings in a quarry in Pompei, the place he's given a Latin identify, Verus. After the eruption of Vesuvius, he's transferred to Rome and finally ends up engaged on the location of the Flavian Amphitheatre. in truth the dream of stone and glory of the Emperor Vespasian is ready to be inaugurated via his son Titus and the entire urban is excitedly looking forward to the promised 100 days of video games. at some point the popular gladiator teacher Decius arrives at the web site and recruits Verus, including one other pressured laborer from Gaul referred to as Priscus, for his university of gladiators. the 2 youths additionally start to attend the courtroom of the emperor, who's inspired by way of the gladiator skills of them either, and the Briton finally ends up falling in love with Julia, the daughter of Titus. this is often the start of a perilous triangle that reasons a rift within the dating among the 2 gladiators. the 2 will come nose to nose back, besides the fact that, in a last conflict at the first of the hundred days of video games for the inauguration of the Amphitheatre. Their strive against should be special within the historical past of Rome: simply because either, after having fought to the final drop of blood, might be triumphant.

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But Charlie’s family, and most people in Lawrence, wanted Kansas Territory to enter the Union as a free state, where owning slaves wouldn’t be allowed. “The whole country is watching Kansas,” Papa had told Charlie. ” And the proslavery side was winning. Last year some proslavery men from Missouri had pretended to live in Kansas, so they could vote in the Kansas election. And they had won. That’s why Kansas Territory had proslavery men like Sheriff Jones in charge. Papa was still angry about the “bogus” election.

I’m sure the border ruffians have all headed back to Franklin to celebrate their victory,” Ed Dillon added. ” Franklin! Charlie frowned. “Papa, my Mend Flory lives in Franklin. ” Flory and her father were from Missouri. But Flory’s father wasn’t like the border ruffians. Mr. Morgan believed the future of Kansas should be decided by voting, not by fighting. “Don’t worry about Flory and her father, Charlie,” Papa told him. ” As he hugged his father good-bye, Charlie hoped Papa was right. Swish, swish.

But I’m afraid he’s a poor farmer. ” Momma’s trying to convince the border ruffians we have nothing to steal, Charlie thought. He heard a low murmur of voices. ” one man called. “Naw,” said another. “The lady’s right. ” And then Charlie heard footsteps. Footsteps coming right to the door. Lion heard the footsteps, too. He began wiggling in Charlie’s arms. He struggled and gave a low whine. Charlie held him more tightly. Momma’s voice came again, loud and cheerful. “Sir, I wonder if you could get me a dipper of water from the pail by the door there?

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