My Childhood books- The Roman Mysteries

We all have books that we remember as being our childhood reading and introducing us to the world of Reading for Pleasure.

The Roman Mysteries were (and still are) some of my favourite childhood novels.

There are actually only 17 books in the series, apologies for the misinformation!

(In series order: The Thieves of Ostia
The Secrets of Vesuvius
The Pirates of Pompeii
The Assassins of Rome
The Dolphins of Laurentum
The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
The Enemies of Jupiter
The Gladiators from Capua
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Fugitive from Corinth
The Sirens of Surrentum
The Charioteer of Delphi
The Slave Girl from Jerusalem
The Beggar of Volubilis
The Scribes from Alexandria
The Prophet of Ephesus
The Man from Pomegranate Street

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About Rhys

Rhys is a 19 year old with roots in the UK and Germany. Aside from reading and blogging, he also produces theatre, loves Kate Bush and hopes to pursue a career in publishing. His reviews have been widely quoted in books such as Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines Quartet, Catherine Bruton’s Pop!, James Treadwell’s Advent and Anarchy and he has presented at such events as Book Expo America.

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What did you think about My Childhood books- The Roman Mysteries?

  1. Stevie Finegn February 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    ‘Serial children’s writer’ sounds kind of murderous. I never read The Roman Mysteries. I kind of feel like it’s too late to go back and start : (

  2. Zoey February 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Everything you said is true for me too. My love for Ancient Romans and Greeks and basically HISTORY came from these books. Before I read this series I tried to read books that my parents gave to me but I never red for the joy of it. That was until my mum bought a 99p book for christmas and admittedly, I judged by the cover and started to read the more sparkly and colourful books first. I think most of them I never finished. So eventually I read the Thieves of Ostia. Now before, I had always read ‘childish’ books I think this (I was 8 maybe) was the first I would say ‘not so childish’ book I had ever read. This had an actual plot that meant something and characters that were interesting. It wasn’t hard to read them at all even though the storyline could have easily been for older generations. I think my mum could have jumped up and down with joy when I finished it and asked for more. Thus started my love affair with books.
    Caroline Lawrence should realise that she actually made a difference in my life. It wasn’t just another book. It was ‘the’ book that I can honestly say changed my life and made me who I am today in many aspects. Almost like the butterfly affect.
    Anyway, these books are the best pre teen books out there. You don’t have to be interested with history before you start. I wasn’t. But I was when I finished.

    And when I read the last book I felt sad because as I grew up, so did the characters, more or less mirroring my age. I have only just turned 18. And I have read many books since then. And I can tell you they still sit on my top shelf for my favourite books and always will.

  3. Catherine @ The Book Parade February 27, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Yeah! I remember reading the whole collection of Roman Mysteries books when I was younger! I read them in a bit of a haphazard order though because I would borrow them from the library and just took out whichever ones were there when I went, not patient enough to actually wait for the right ones to be available!

  4. Samuel March 2, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I adore this series. It was my first experience of Classical History and I loved it so much that I ended up sitting for an exam on Classical History and I’m thinking of continuing and perhaps get a degree. Thx Caroline for writing such amazing books

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