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What were the ancient Rome costumes
The tunic was an essential garment for both genders and all classes in ancient Rome. However, it was not the official clothing for Romans and was worn only for indoor purposes.
Roman Clothing and Fashion
Part of the IXth legion was sent to the Rhine and the Danube Frontier and Simon Elliott explains both the Roman Legions and Germanic tribes with their successes and failures on both sides.
Find out what happened to the IXth Legion Hispana in this great book!
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Yes I could and I want to share how I did it, in case there are other people in the same position as I am, as well as sharing my Roman interest and promoting my books!
First, this is how I did it! On my smartphone, I had a package called "WPS". Most days at a quiet time, usually in the evening, I would write a little and save it. I always took it slowly, waiting for the next part of the story to develop in my mind before writing it down. Sometimes when writing, a new thought would come to me and I would be excited to write that down, the story then taking a different direction than planned.
Before long, I then had a complete story. But what should I do now? I knew the chances of obtaining a book deal were much the same as me winning a nice amount on the lottery and so I googled about self publishing.
By chance, I discovered "Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Amazon" that allowed you to upload your Word file and then use their cover creator. I mainly used free pictures from the website "Pixabay" to create the cover and a few inside pictures. And then, Bingo! I had my first ebook/paperback - The Antonine Romans and The Golden Torque.
So far, it has been a mixture of joining Facebook history sites, Facebook book sites, my own Facebook site and my own Twitter site @andrewboyceaut1
It is a case of sticking by the rules of each Facebook site - posting only on the days allowed, only once in a day etc. Sometimes your post gets rejected and you feel very offended!
As well as being a source of great information, the Facebook users get to know the books you have to offer and soon, you are happily typing away posts on your smartphone, adding in pictures of your book covers and using your clipboard smartphone feature to write posts at the touch of a button, rather than typing out each one, again and again!
One of the Facebook/Twitter sites that I joined is the excellent Roman History site (Links below). This provides wonderful posts, with great pictures, articles and information and I feel honoured to have my writing and pictures on here!
And so onto my next section, what is my Roman interest all about? Well, from an early age I remember as a child in my father's car around Glasgow seeing strange ditches, long straight roads, and street names such as "Roman Road". We would see remains of the Roman bathhouse at Bearsden, a dip in the road where the Antonine Wall crossed over, or a house halfway along a hill in Milngavie that originally was the site of a Roman fortlet!
My imagination fired up, I was amazed to learn about the Roman Antonine Wall that ran across central Scotland, Hadrian's Wall that ran across the border of Scotland and England and Roman Britain in general, such as Bath, Chester, York and London.
I recall that at my primary school several years before I attended, a pupil had found various Roman coins that the Headmaster then passed to a Museum.
The interest in the Romans continued into adulthood with the reading of the various greats of Roman Historical Fiction such as that mentioned at the start of this article, as well as excited trips to Roman places, such as York and Chester.
The first novella is "The Antonine and The Golden Torque" and the essence of the whole series is there. It is the native Scots facing the Roman invaders and follows characters such as the new Centurion - Andronicus and a young well regarded tribal Scot - Jamis.
As a result, the initial trilogy is completed with the third novella "The Antonine Romans and The Redemption", which plays out various conflicts and revelations between Andronicus and Jamis, with an ending that is unexpected.
AD144 The Antonine Wall, Caledonia, modern day Scotland.
Battles rage amongst individuals and armies.
And so what is next, I hopefully hear you say? Well, I hope that the whole world buys the three novellas or the Compilation Book, in either the ebook or paperback versions and I am either picked up in a book deal, a film or both!
As I watch what may be a pig flying past my window or may not, if I have a bit of luck and was actually a plane, the ideas have started for the fourth Antonine Romans novella. What is the title of this fourth novella? Watch this space!
Andrew Boyce, Roman Fiction Author