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When Senator Aulus Aemilius Galba is tapped to lead the first Roman mission to China, he anticipates an easy path to fame and fortune. But Fate has other plans for him and his unlikely companions, to send them together on a journey that will take them thousands of miles by sea and land across the mysterious worlds of the first century. From the storm-tossed Indian Ocean to the opulent Hanaean court, from the wild grassy steppes north of China to the forbidding peaks of the Pamir Mountains of Bactria, they fight for their lives, hoping to find the road that will lead them back to Rome.
Does the name of the Chinese village of Liqian derive from the Latin word "legion"? Are its inhabitants descended from Roman legionaries captured by the Parthians at the battle of Carrhae in 53 BCE? As a scholar, I have to say that this intriguing notion is probably legend rather than history, but no matter: Lewis McIntyre shows that it's a great starting-point for an epic adventure. From Roman Spain to the Han empire of China, the story ranges over the whole known world of 2000 years ago (and even a bit beyond!), with authentic historical background and best of all plenty of imagination. It's a real page-turner, packed with exciting action, ingenious twists and turns, and varied and interesting characters whose fate you will really care about--a perfect book for the twenty-hour flight from London to Sydney, as I can personally attest.
- Dr Nicholas Sims-Williams, PhD, Professor Emeritus, School of Oriental And Asiatic Studies, University of London