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My Fiction for The Regal Period of Rome-

Rome in its Regal period was ruled by Seven Kings.

Rome’s Seven Kings

Each of these kings reigned for many years, while other events were happening in Italy and nearby regions. Romulus founded Rome in 753 BC. The seventh and last king, Tarquinius Superbus, was deposed in 509 BC.

Timeline of Regal Rome

Rome was built on Seven Hills, inland on the Tiber River.

The Land of Regal Rome

Regal Period Italy was home to a variety of different peoples.

Peoples in Regal Period Italy

Some of the various tribes that interacted with Rome as allies or enemies.

History, and Some Women, in the Reigns of Romulus and of Tarquinius Superbus

A brief overview of women in the first and last monarchies of ancient Rome.

Women in the Reigns of the Seven Kings

A brief reign-by-reign look at some of the women who played roles during these seven reigns.

Two of my Works-in-progress are set during the Regal Period of early ancient Rome.

Romulus, Wolf who Founded Rome tells the story of Romulus, who wanted to serve the gods, but insted must become a warrior-king.  When his attempts at diplomacy fail and he must take steps to secure the growth of his new city, he goes to war. By the favors of the gods, he ensures Rome becomes wealthy and renowned in Latium. But he is faced with a heartbreaking choice, when he learns his noble subjects plan to kill him.

For Rome’s Honor is set during the reign of the seventh and last king of early Rome. Marcella’s father is executed as a traitor when he speaks out against the king’s tyranny. When the long affair of her married friend Lucretia, with Tarquin’s son Sextus, ends in death and revolution, Marcella and her friend Valeria are among hostages taken by the invading Etruscan king Porsenna. Marcella faces a choice that may win back her family honor but at a price she may not be able to pay.


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Bits of History Shining Through

There are about 244 years between the traditional year in which Rome was founded, and the traditional year in which Rome replaced its monarchy with a republic.

There are about 293 years between the beginning of the Roman Republic and Hannibal’s devastating defeat of the Roman legions at Cannae.

During those 537 years, lots of history happened within Rome’s lands. But much of its history was affected, directly or indirectly, by people and events in other regions. Rome grew up surrounded by Oscan-speaking Latin peoples and by the Etruscans (also called Tyrrhenians). Rome’s seven kings were either Sabine Latin, descended from Etruscans, had some Greek (or even Trojan) blood in their veins, or combinations of any of these. Further south, the Greeks had established colonies on the Italian mainland as early as Rome’s founding, and continued through her monarchy. The Greeks of Cumae welcomed the exiled last Roman king after his final defeat. The Greek tyrants of Sicily brought their wars into the Greek mainland during the century before Rome and Carthage began its first war, and then Rome sailed to war in Sicily and North Africa in the mid-third century.

Most of the history of these five centuries concentrate very closely on generals, rulers, and battles. But more must have happened than just defeats and victories–five hundred years is a very long time.

In some future posts I will present some historical background to the age in which my four current stories take place. Since I look for specific things in the histories, I might highlight events and people that fascinate me more than others. I might also offer speculation where history seems to leave tremendous gaps.

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Write what *Matters*

One of those little writing axioms (and admittedly a reasonably good one) is “Write what you know.”

One might know a lot about a lot of things–music, movies, woodcarving, sculpting, wine, biology, computer games, etc.

But, maybe it’s not about what one knows, but rather, about what matters to one.

The writer should *know* about the inner workings of a vineyard and wine-making, of course, if the characters and plot demand such accuracy and passion. But that knowledge, knowing the many facets of that business are not what drives the story.

The story may center on a romance, or on revenge, or…you get the idea.

The *knowledge* at hand is not driving the story. Knowledge of the vines is not at the wheel.

The story that needs to be told, is. That is not knowledge.

That, dear reader, is the Passion of the Writer.

Hold to that passion, dear writer.

Write what *Matters* to you.



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