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Roman history websites
These are some of the sites I've found useful. There are plenty more out there, many of them excellent, but some created with more enthusiasm than knowledge, so it's not safe to believe everything you read on the Internet. And remember that even the most reputable historians and archaeologists don't always agree, any more than the rest of us. Having said all that...
Who was who in Roman times
The Internet Classics Archive
Roman dates and numbers
Celtic Tribes of Roman Britain
Other sites not to miss
Poisoned Pen Press, listing all the varied and brilliant mysteries from the best publisher in the world - of course they are; they publish Jane Finnis, don't they?
The Crime Writers' Association, whose more than 450 members are all published writers of fiction and/or crime-related non-fiction. It is committed to supporting professional writers, and organises the annual Dagger awards - among many other things.
Roman mystery websites
The Detective and the Toga, the place to find details of all your favourite Roman mystery fiction, including translations. Keep checking out the What's New section
The Italian Mysteries site specialises in mysteries set in Italy, but their Ancient Roman section embraces the whole Roman Empire. (I'm sure the Romans would have approved.)
Women in World History, whose focus on women in fact and fiction includes mysteries with women sleuths.
The Criminal History site, a mine of information on crime fiction, including reviews and celebrity interviews.
The Cozy Library, a must for everyone who likes high quality mysteries that are "cozy" (or "cosy" if you're British) - that is, first-class plots that are not extremely noir, or gratuitously violent.
Some of my favourite authors
Rhys Bowen, award-winning author whose creations include Molly Murphy, a feisty female investigator living in early 20th-century New York, and flamboyant minor royal Lady Georgie, whose adventures in 1930s London take her into both high and low places.
Ruth Downie, whose Medicus series set in the second-century Roman Empire brings us the exploits of Roman army doctor Ruso.
Martin Edwards,, award-winning author of (among other books) series set in the Lake District and in Liverpool.
Dolores Gordon-Smith, whose Jack Haldean mysteries are set in that fascinating time in 1920s Britain, where "the war to end war" is over, yet its dark shadows linger everywhere.
Bruce Macbain, fellow Poisoned Pen Press author whose ROMAN GAMES, published in October 2010, features the adventures of Pliny the Younger, striving for justice in the reign of Domitian.
Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, fellow Poisoned Pen Press authors, whose John the Eunuch mysteries bring to life Constantinople in the reign of Justinian.