Commodus is the warrior-emperor with all of ancient Rome and Antioch at his feet. Still, he disguises himself as a gladiator and enters the games, distinguishing himself as a Roman Hercules. Intrigue, poisonings, and gladitorial games at their most blood-thirsty make this a tale of high excitement!
executed, but whoever is known to have been intimate with you or with your father will be in almost equal danger? You should have gone to Rome in person to consult your father."
"He ordered me to stay here to protect his interests. We are rich, Norbanus. We have much property in Antioch and many tenants to oversee. I am not one of these modern irreligious wastrels; I obey my father--"
"And betray him in an idiotic letter!"
"Very well! Desert me while there is time!" said Sextus angrily.
"Don't be a fool! You are not the only proud man in the empire, Sextus. I don't desert my friend for such a coward's reason as that he acted thoughtlessly. But I will tell you what I think, whether or not that pleases you, if only because I am your true friend. You are a rash, impatient lover of the days gone by, possessed of genius that you betray by your arrogant hastiness. So now you know what I think, and what all your other friends think. We admire--we love our Sextus, son of Maximus. And we confess to
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