Series 1, Episode 3
Pliny has an unnerving visit from his fellow lawyer, and arch-rival, Regulus.
Venta has now been Pliny's servant and scribe for four months. They've been happy months, despite living under the unstable Emperor Domitian. But as time goes on, news of arrests and executions begins to circulate.
Doris the cook sees portents of evil everywhere, especially in the entrails of small animals. The uneasiness only gets worse when Pliny receives a visit from his fellow lawyer, and arch-rival, Regulus. Then Pliny makes a trip to Comum to open a new library he has built for his old home town.
When he drops in on his former mother in law, and is given preferential treatment from one of her slaves, Venta too begins to worry about his future.
- Wednesday 28th October 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 15 minutes
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