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Roman Mysteries

The Roman Mysteries Title Card
Genre Children's
Action
Adventure
Period
Created by Caroline Lawrence
Directed by Paul Marcus
Starring Francesca Isherwood
Eli Machover
Rebekah Brookes-Murrell
Harry Stott
Composer(s) Cross Wyre
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Executive producer(s) Jon East
David Hunt
Keith Littler
Producer(s) David Ball
Martyn Auty
Editor(s) Adam Green
Location Malta
Tunisia
Running time 24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One
Original run May 8, 2007 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

The Roman Mysteries is a series of historical novels for children by Caroline Lawrence. The first book (The Thieves of Ostia) was published in 2001, and 17 more novels were planned, plus a number of "mini-mysteries" and companion titles. The Roman Mysteries books are historical fiction, with appearances of actual historical figures such as Pliny the Elder. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A male Caucasian toddler child A child (plural: children) is a young human. ... The action genre is a class of creative works characterised by a greater emphasis on exciting action sequences than on character development or story-telling. ... Look up adventure in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In the performing arts, a period piece is a work set in a particular era. ... Caroline Lawrence is an American author, best known for her series called The Roman Mysteries for children. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A historical novel a novel in which the story is set among historical events, or more generally, in which the time of the action predates the lifetime of the author. ... Caroline Lawrence is an American author, best known for her series called The Roman Mysteries for children. ... The Thieves of Ostia is a 2001 historical novel written by Caroline Lawrence. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Pliny the Elder: an imaginative 19th Century portrait. ...


The books take place in the Ancient Roman Empire during the reign of Titus. They detail four children, Flavia, the protagonist and the daughter of a sea captain from Ostia, Nubia, a slave girl from Africa, Jonathan, a jewish boy whose family are refugees from Jerusalem, and Lupus, a mute beggar boy, who solve mysteries and have adventures in Rome, Greece, and beyond. For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Titus (disambiguation). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... For other uses, see Jerusalem (disambiguation). ... Look up mute in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


A television series based on the books, titled Roman Mysteries began filming in June 2006[1] and was first broadcast from 8 May 2007.[2] It stars Simon Callow as Pliny the Elder and is based on The Secrets of Vesuvius onwards, with one book per episode, excluding book 6 which will be used in the second series. The second series is due to be broadcast Spring 2008 is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Simon Philip Hugh Callow, CBE (born June 15, 1949 in London, England) is a highly-regarded British actor of stage, film and television, and a biographer of Orson Welles and Charles Laughton. ... Pliny the Elder: an imaginative 19th Century portrait. ... The Secrets of Vesvius is a childrens historical novel set in Roman times by Caroline Lawrence. ...


On 22 May 2007, after just two episodes, Anne Foy announced on CBBC on BBC One that the show has been postponed due to recent events in the news and would return later in the year on CBBC on BBC One. Since "The Pirates of Pompeii" was about children being kidnapped, the postponement was most likely due to the then recent disappearance of Madeleine McCann. On 19 June the series began broadcasting again from the beginning. is the 142nd day of the year (143rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Anne Foy (born January 1986 in Langold, Worksop) is a childrens television presenter for the BBC. Anne is a fast-rising star within the BBC and presents on the CBBC Channel and on BBC Two during the summer season. ... Current CBBC Logo CBBC - short for Childrens BBC - is the brand-name for the BBCs childrens television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Current CBBC Logo CBBC - short for Childrens BBC - is the brand-name for the BBCs childrens television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Madeleine McCann (born 2004 in Leicestershire) is an English toddler who disappeared on May 3, 2007 while staying in a Portuguese holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Filming for the second series began on 13 August 2007. The episodes will be based on the novels "The Gladiators from Capua", "The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina", "The Colossus of Rhodes", "The Fugitive from Corinth" and "The Slave-girl from Jerusalem".[1] is the 225th day of the year (226th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

Contents

Novels

  1. The Thieves of Ostia
  2. The Secrets of Vesuvius
  3. The Pirates of Pompeii
  4. The Assassins of Rome
  5. The Dolphins of Laurentum
  6. The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina
  7. The Enemies of Jupiter
  8. The Gladiators from Capua
  9. The Colossus of Rhodes
  10. The Fugitive from Corinth
  11. The Sirens of Surrentum
  12. The Charioteer of Delphi
  13. The Slave-girl from Jerusalem
  14. The Beggar of Volubilis
  15. The Scribe from Alexandria (planned publication date June 2008)
  16. The Prophet from Ephesus (planned publication date October 2008)
  17. The Man from Pomegranate Street (planned publication date October 2009)

The Thieves of Ostia is a 2001 historical novel written by Caroline Lawrence. ... The Secrets of Vesvius is a childrens historical novel set in Roman times by Caroline Lawrence. ... The Pirates of Pompeii is a childrens historical novel set in Roman times by Caroline Lawrence. ... The Assassins of Rome is a historical novel by Caroline Lawrence published on July 3, 2003 by Orion Books as part of The Roman Mysteries series. ... The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina is a historical novel by Caroline Lawrence published on June 19, 2003. ... The Roman Mysteries is a series of historical novels for children by Caroline Lawrence. ... This drawing of Colossus of Rhodes, which illustrated The Grolier Societys 1911 Book of Knowledge, is probably fanciful, as it is unlikely that the statue stood astride the harbour mouth. ... The Sirens of Surrentum is the eleventh book in the Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence. ...

Characters

Flavia Gemina: Flavia is a self-proclaimed detectrix. She loves solving mysteries. She is naive and very strong willed. She has light brown hair, thus the name Flavia, and grey eyes. She is also in love with Jonathan Ben Mordecai and has kissed him.


Jonathan Ben Mordecai: Jonathan tends to look on the dark side of life and usually blames everything on himself. He has curly black hair, which is shaved many times in the books, and dark eyes. He is also Flavia's next door neighbour. He is Jewish. He loves Flavia Gemina and they have shared a kiss.


Lupus: Lupus is 8 years old. He lives in Ostia with Jonathan's family. He is mute because he has no tongue, but is very athletic. He is meant to be an orphan, or so it seems... Lupus is Greek fron the island of Symi when he was 6 his father was killed by his uncle. Lupus is good at climbing trees and likes bats.


Nubia: Nubia is Flavia's ex-slave girl. she has the voice of an angel and a talent to play the flute. Nubia is from Africa, and her family was murdered. She is kind hearted and very modest. Her natural talent with animals is well known and has a dog called Nipur.


Aristo: Aristo is their tutor. He also helps them solve mysteries and is very handsome.


Mordecai: Jonathan and Miriam's father. He is a Jewish doctor. He is from Judea, as is Jonathan.


Marcus Flavius Geminus: Marcus is Flavia's father, the sea captain. His wife Myrtilla died in child birth.


Gaius Flavius Geminus: Gaius is Marcus's twin brother. Flavia and her friends stay with him for the summer. While they do, Mount Vesuvius erupts. He later gets married to Miriam in 'The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina.'


Miriam: She is Jonathan's older sister. She is very beautiful. She is also a brilliant cook. She dies giving birth to twin boys in 'The Slave Girl from Jerusalem.'


Pulchra: She is a rich little girl from Surrentum. She falls for Jonathan and literally fights with Flavia.


Alma: She is the house cook and looks after Flavia when there is no one around.


Caudex: Caudex is the house door-slave and is revealed to formerly be from Brittania (Britain), and a gladiator, where he acquired the name caudex, which means 'blockhead'.


Mini-mysteries

  1. The Code of Romulus (novella for World Book Day April 2007)
  2. Trimalchio's Feast and other mini-mysteries
  3. The Legionary from Londinium and other mini-mysteries (planned publication date April 2009)

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Companion books

  1. The First Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
  2. The Second Roman Mysteries Quiz Book
  3. The Roman Mysteries Treasury (planned publication date September 2007)
  4. The Roman Mysteries Travel Guide (planned publication date March 2008)

Roman Mysteries Blog

The Roman Mysteries Fan Blog has been running since February 2007. This is now the official RM Fan Blog and can be viewed at www.romanmysteriesblog.blogspot.com


References

  1. ^ a b http://www.romanmysteries.com/author/tvseries.htm
  2. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/romanmysteries/

External links

  • Official Roman Mysteries website
  • Official Roman Mysteries blog
  • Roman Mysteries wiki site
  • Official BBC site for the TV series
  The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence
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Novels: 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
Mini-mysteries: The Code of Romulus · Trimalchio's Feast and other mini-mysteries · The Legionary from Londinium and other mini-mysteries
Central characters: Flavia Gemina · Nubia · Jonathan ben Mordecai · Lupus
Secondary characters: Mordecai ben Ezrah · Miriam bat Mordecai · Marcus Flavius Geminus · Gaius Geminus · Polla Pulchra · Aristo son of Diogenes · Marcus Artorius Bato . Susannah bat Jonah · Simeon ben Jonah · Minor Characters in The Roman Mysteries
Locations: Ostia · Rome · Pompeii · Baiae · Green Fountain Street · Surrentum · Laurentum · Rhodes · Athens · Corinth · Delphi · Symi
Historical characters: Pliny the Elder · Pliny the Younger · Titus · Berenice of Cilicia · Josephus · Domitian

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