John Arden recounts the extraordinary adventures of an ordinary man who gets embroiled in the expansionist activities of the Republic of Rome.

In the first century BC, a more or less ordinary central character - an actor’s agent - gets caught up in a series of more or less extraordinary events. Following his hero’s adventures across half the known world - from Asia Minor to the very heart of Rome - Arden allows us vivid glimpses of a world in turmoil under the heel of colonial ambition, and of the furious resistance this arouses amongst the subject peoples.

The Booker Prize 1982
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John Arden

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John Arden was born in Barnsley, England. He has been widely lauded as one of the most significant British playwrights of the 1950s and 60s.
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