How Death of One Greek Boy Changed Roman Empire in John Jaie Palmero’s New Book

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“The Journey Alone” relates how profoundly affected the Emperor turned out to be as he mourned the young Greek with unusual intensity.

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From John Jaie Palmero, author of “The Boy From Bithynia,” comes The Journey Alone, the awaited sequel that reveals how the Emperor of Rome fares after the tragic demise of his young lover, Antinous. A tour de force rehash of history, this book takes readers to a time past, granting a closer and more personal view of the relationship of Hadrian and the people around him as he struggled to live life and run an empire without his beloved.

In 130 of the Common Era Hadrian, Hadrian lost Antinous to the muddy waters of the Nile. Now, the once sensible man is dark, dangerous and consumed by guilt and obsession—guilt for the death of the youth and obsession with making that youth a god. The eight years that followed Antinous’s death saw Hadrian feed that obsession with temples and sculptures of his Beloved as well as patronage of the cult that grew out of the story of the tragic youth.

Despite the many beauties in his empire eager to satisfy his needs, those distractions paled in the morning light leaving a deeper sense of desolation in Hadrian’s life. Wandering the roads of that empire his thoughts always found their way to the memory of the blue-black curls, the sensuous mouth, and the body more godlike than mortal. Even when surrounded by the power of his legions and the adoration of his minions, his life remained a journey alone.

Readers will revel in this scintillating narrative that picks up where Palmero halted in his preceding literary masterpiece. A riveting work of fiction, The Journey Alone incites renewed interest in Roman history with emphasis of the legacy and cult of Antinous and Hadrian.

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John Jaie Palmero is a native of Connecticut but has made California his home for over 20 years. He has a BA in Art History. This is his second novel which continues to reflect his love of the classical Greco-Roman era as well as controversial relationships.

The Journey Alone * by John Jaie Palmero
Publication Date: 7/17/2013
Trade Paperback; $18.99; 524 pages; 978-1-4836-5462-1
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