Meet Argolicus, a learned man, who turns detective at the bidding of neighbors who know him as trustworthy, wise, and fair. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the self restraint of Epictetus, the theology of Arius, and the empirical insights of Marcus Aurelius all sharpened to an edge by wry humor and ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers politics, and digs into the deepest secrets of the human heart.


Brilliant, fearless, incorruptible, Argolicus was a rich and powerful young Roman at thirty-five, former senator and Prefect of Rome, current magistrate in the Gothic realm of Italy. Now, at the express wish of King Theodoric, Argolicus undertakes an investigation into the “secret government” in Ravenna–and is swept up in a tidal wave of intrigue and danger beyond the corridors of official power…into a nightmare maze where barbarian warriors and Roman patricians mingle…where senators and even the papal nomination can be bought and sold. Here in this sizzling world of mystery, seduction, and betrayal, where his survival and that of his friends hinge on hair trigger thinking, where sinister forces are posed to exact a chilling conspiracy…here, a man like Argolicus can become a dreaded enemy or a duped pawn.

A work in progress by Zara Altair.


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