De Bello Lemures, Or The Roman War Against the Zombies of by Lucius Artorius Castus

By Lucius Artorius Castus

A recovered Latin textual content tells the tale of a fight among Roman legionaries and the undead in 185 AD.

Lucius Artorius Castus leads an day trip to Gaul to defeat a uprising opposed to the guideline of the Emperor Commodus - and will get greater than he bargained for while his enemies upward push from the lifeless to struggle back. the ability of the zombie horde is amplified by means of the Babel of historical Rome's religions and superstitions, and the fear the undead herald their wake foreshadows the incipient medieval darkness already creeping into the realm on the finish of Rome's Antonine age. Richly annotated, this mashup of survival horror and trade historical past takes the reader on a bracing trip into one in every of historic Rome's darkish corners.

De Bello Lemures is based as a piece of nonfiction, with a foreword describing the heritage of the Latin rfile and its solecistic name, a "translation" of the textual content itself, and large footnotes. it's a loving homage to the paperback nonfiction items of collage presses - a classics textual content reimagined as a postmodern horror story.

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The odor that rose from them was even greater than what I would have expected from a day-old corpse. It was as if the curse that brought them to us had filled them with some powerful corruption, or as if the lemures had brought back with them from the underworld some part of the foul airs that dominate deep below the earth. ” I chided Pacilus, when I had a moment to check up on his position. A second creature had joined the first one at his window, but they were just as helpless to enter as the others.

He gave as his evidence the disquiet the man had shown at the crucifixion of the rebels. The Christians, he explained, identify the cross with their god, and are jealous of its application to mere criminals. This also accounted for the rushes that obscured the mosaic; since the Christians were a type of Jew, Pacilus explained, they disdained and hated all gods other than their own, to the point of despising their images, even in art. The tribune thought that we should consider questioning Rufus on this further or making inquiry in the neighborhood, to make sure nothing improper was afoot.

It will have to do,” he said, a bit contemptuously, nodding at those who trailed him. Three of them carried the falx[69], and they were the luckiest of the lot. One had an axe of the Belgae[70], and another a mattock; the remainder carried wooden clubs. ” “See? Nothing but the black, and you can barely see that. ” The kitchen girl had brought forth a largebowl of posca[71]. Radamyntos took a goblet from her and swept out a large draught. “Salve[72] , dux,” he toasted with cold irony. “We’ll see about that,” Pacilus joked, wanly.

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