An analysis of the characters in the novel medicus by ruth downie

Why did you choose the early 2nd century CE as the setting for the "Medicus" series? What aspect of Roman civilization do you find most interesting?

However commanders were able to use their discretion and one of the punishments available to them was demotion. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion.

I think the cultural differences between them will continue to give rise to tensions and while Tilla is married to Ruso, he owes his first allegiance to the Emperor and the Legion.

This was surprising to me since officers were typically of a higher social class and Roman society usually strictly observed social hierarchy in spite of legal infractions.

The trouble was, they were only students, they knew very little emergency medicine and they had no equipment or backup I left that part out of the novel.

Fortunately in real life the ambulance got there first. In "Semper Fidelis", Ruso is temporarily demoted from an officer to a ranker. His Russian detective, Arkady Renko, is just so cool.

We know from excavated bones that even then, the farm was breeding some very fine sheep. After a wild period in his youth he turned out be an intelligent, ambitious and hugely hardworking man.

Ruth Downie, author of the "Medicus" series of novels set in Roman Britain.

Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire, by Ruth Downie

Who is your favorite author and why? Did you find an historical precedent for this type of disciplinary action during the imperial period? Apart from that, she fulfils all my fantasies of one day becoming confident, assertive and decisive.

Ruso, unwillingly pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is spending time with the prime suspect. If so, which ones? But Martin Cruz Smith is a firm favourite. We had found the first heated room of a second, completely unexpected bath complex.

Image courtesy of Amazon. We can identify with the use of technology, the political bickering, the complex administration, the vast gap between rich and poor — and yet how could they accept slaughter as entertainment? They had to decide whether to stay where they were and leave it to the ambulance, or abandon the car, run to the scene and try to help.

This time, the author has generously offered to answer some of my questions and has allowed me to share her responses with you. They were stuck in traffic and realised there had been an accident on the motorway ahead of them.

Did you use an historical Roman as a model for Ruso or a modern acquaintance? Well, one of the medical textbooks regularly used in the Roman empire offers a cure for earache that involves popping in a boiled cockroach.

What is one of the most surprising facts about the Romans or early Britons you have discovered in your research? What fascinates me is the contrast between the way Roman culture seems very familiar to us and the ways in which their thinking was so completely different.

Secondly, although officers were generally of a higher social class than the men, doctors were an anomaly. Now that Ruso and Tilla are married, how will you maintain the sexual tension between them? He and Tilla are trapped at the heart of a conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure and the legacy of Boudica, the rebel queen.

Do you share particular character traits with Tilla? Can the men really be under a curse?Summary and reviews of Medicus by Ruth Downie, plus links to a book excerpt from Medicus and author biography of Ruth Downie.

Join; Downie's auspicious debut sparkles with beguiling characters and a vividly imagined evocation of a hazy frontier. Booklist - Allison Block. Medicus, her first novel.

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Listen to Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire audiobook by Ruth Downie. Stream and download audiobooks to your computer, tablet or mobile phone. Bestsellers and latest releases. try any audiobook Free! Feb 05,  · A Conversation with "Medicus" series author Ruth Downie I have enjoyed Ruth Downie's "Medicus" series since I read her very first novel in the series " Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire " (" Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls " for you UK readers).

Medicus is the first book by Ruth Downie, and it promises to be the start of an enjoyable series. It’s got a touch of noir, a touch of Gladiator, and even a touch of M.A.S.H.

Downie’s skill at blending humor, warmth, history, and mystery make this a good tale for a long winter’s night. Buy a cheap copy of Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire book by Ruth Downie. “The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far-flung is that I hope Downie is planning a.

Ruth Downie's latest historical Roman Empire crime novel MEMENTO MORI continues to follow the adventures of Ruso and his wife Tilla.

A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the.

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