This historical epic begins in North Africa to settle in a Roman province. The son of a soldier and grandson of a slave, young Jason sees his family destroyed by a provincial administrator and his grandmother taken into slavery. Crazed with pain and the will to take his revenge, he leaves for Rome. There he will find that even laurel carries thorns.
A historian well-acquainted with ancient Rome, Pierre Forni sets his moving Bildungsroman in a masterful description of what the famed city that has long ruled the world really used to be like.