Series 1, Episode 4
Pliny the Younger and his mother are invited to dinner with the Emperor.
Venta has been in the household of Pliny the Younger for five months, as secretary and scribe. Meanwhile, the Emperor Domitian's reign of terror continues. There's a rumour that he entertains people one day, then has them executed next morning on some trumped up charge.
The atmosphere in the normally calm villa is uneasy. Pliny hears stories of slaves who are spying on masters. And then an invitation arrives - to dinner with the Emperor. They are instructed to wear black so Marcella arranges for their togas to be dyed.
The night of the dinner arrives, and it proves just as alarming as they feared.
- Thursday 29th October 2015
- BBC Radio 4
- 15 minutes
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