Athena‘s Shield: A novel of the Spartacus Slave Revolt

“As meticulously detailed, accurate, and colorful as a Roman wall-painting.

— Richard P. Martin, Professor of Classics, Stanford University

“A real page-turner!” — Judith Rose

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73 B.C.E. The Roman Republic. Twelve-year-old Kalysta’s pater, Spartacus the Thracian, is the greatest gladiator in all of Rome. He is also a slave.

As far back as she can remember, Kalysta has lived with the fear of one day seeing her beloved pater cut down in the arena, slain by a fellow gladiator. When she sees a girl younger than herself sold in the slave market, Kalysta vows to help the girl regain her freedom. The following day, she discovers a long-held secret about herself that results in her pater’s determination to escape and take the family back to their homeland in Thrace.

What begins as an escape attempt by one man becomes an all-out Revolt that brings the Roman Republic to its knees. Kalysta and her friends prove essential to the rebellion, carrying out missions of reconnaissance, espionage, and sabotage.

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