Voice in the Wind: An Interlude with Decimus and Phoebe

Voice in the Wind, pp. 212-215I want to start by quoting a comment from last week's section: In the text, Marcus shows up and orders everyone around and says that all Claudius's money is now the Valerians'. Since Rivers made such a BIG DEAL about the special kind of marriage Julia had, I feel compelled to point out that in this special kind of marriage, Julia's and Claudius's property would NOT go to the Valerians. Since Julia is in the complete legal power of her husband, her and his … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: The Death of Good Claudius

Voice in the Wind, pp. 201-211This week we're going to cover chapter 14. It begins like this: "They think it's my fault, " Julia said, tears streaming down her cheeks as she lay pale on her bed. "I see the way they look at me. They blame me for Claudius' death. I know they do. It's not my fault, Hadassah. It isn't, is it? I didn't want him to come after me." Her shoulders shook as she sobbed again."I know you didn't," Hadassah said gently, holding back her own tears as she tried to c … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: The Very Angry Gladiator

Voice in the Wind, pp. 186-200Atretes is to fight in the arena this week. Rivers says Atretes and those others who were scheduled to fight "were brought into an anteroom, where they were to wait until a contingent of guards would arrive to take them to the quarters beneath the arena." Rivers has read enough to know that the Colosseum has not yet been built, and hints at Marcus wanting that contract, but she does not appear to know that before this structure was built, the games were … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Those Horrible, Immoral Romans

Voice in the Wind, pp. 180-186This week's section is all about how much Atretes hates Romans. It begins with him walking through crowds, into the city to the ludus. A man touched him in a way that sent the hair on the back of his neck bristling. He lunged at him, wanting nothing more than to break his neck, but the chains prevented him from doing so. Bato gave an order and several guards moved closer to the wagon to keep admirers back. But that didn't prevent him from following and calling … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: Julia, Hadassah, and the Emotionally Abusive Men

Voice in the Wind, pp. 160-179This week Marcus visits Julia in Capua. Rivers descries the journey there---it takes him two days on horseback---and everything Marcus thinks about during that time. His business is going well, he is royally bored with Arria but she won't leave him alone, and his father is complaining about Rome and considering a move back to Ephesus. In other words, same old, same old.When Marcus arrives, Julia is delighted to see him. She had grown up some in the months … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: A Tale of Two Rapes

A Voice in the Wind, p. 148-159Trigger warning: While there is no graphic detail, this section discusses situations where women who are unable to give meaningful consent are raped. Today we're back with Atretes. As you may remember, Atretes was a young Germanic chieftain when he was captured by the Roman army and sent back to Italy, where he was sold to a gladiator training school in Capua. Suffice it to say, Atretes is not happy to be there. He only agreed to stop resisting and start tr … [Read more...]


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Voice in the Wind: A Tale of Two Girls

Voice in the Wind, pp. 131-147And we’ve reached Julia’s wedding to Claudius Flaccus. Marcus kept up his objection until the end. Indeed, Rivers tells us that Marcus argued for “coemptio, or bride-purchase, a marriage easily dissolved by divorce” but his father refused, saying that Claudius would like to be the one to divorce Julia, and not the other way around. “For all of Julia’s beauty and delightful high spirits, she is vain, selfish, and volatile. Such ac combination quickly wears on any … [Read more...]


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