(From the publisher):
takes a leap—and tumbles into the maelstrom of first-century B.C. Rome, into a world of vaudevillians and politicians, clashing armies, cutthroat spies, and would-be dictators waiting in the wings. Enter (through the backstage door of history): Ivory, a most improbable hero. He is a has-been comedian, a third-rate theatrical agent for Syrian dancing-girls, and an all-round wheeler-dealer.
Though Ivory now lices with his African concubine, Cuttlefish, his former paramour is Irene, now the favorite of Mithradates VI, King of Pontus, affectionately known as Strychnine. At the King's behest, she wheedles and maneuvers Ivory into the role of spy, counter-spy, and agent provacateur while he and his tawdry troupe tour the Roman provinces.
His adventures include rollicking one-night stands and gory nights of mayhem. He befriends Roscius, the greatest actor of his day; he sees involuntary service under a Jewish pirate captain named Habbakuk; he becomes theatrical impresario to Sulla, known to friend and foe alike as The Stain—and learns the wrath of The Stain's enemies, Marius the Mule-Driver and Cinna, alias Ashes.
Original title: Silence Among the Weapons
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome