(From the publisher):
On a sunlit seashore in Greece in the year 79 A.D. children played happily. They could not know that in the next creek a pirate ship was hidden, her crew waiting to carry them all into slavery. At the same time, many miles away in Campania, a father who had know poverty all his life was at last reduced to selling his only son as a slave.
For the Greek girl, Callias, captured from play, and the boy, Marcellus, the slave market at Capua was only the beginning of many adventures. They were sold together into the opulent house of a rich senator in Rome with its teeming streets, and then into the luxurious summer house in Pompeii at the foot of Mount Vesuvius. With Callias and Marcellus we share the color and excitement of a gladatorial combat; the dignity of the temple service of the Vestal Virgins; the cruelty of the slave market. With them we move forward day by day through the strange hot summer that ended in the eruption of Vesuvius and the climax of the story.
Original title: Beloved of the Gods
Alternative titles: In the Shadow of Vesuvius
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Europe→ Ancient World
Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)→ Rome
- Also published under the title "In the Shadow of Vesuvius."