Britannicus and Alexandrina

A sensual novel set against ancient Alexandria where famous philosopher Hypatia lived and taught, frequently meeting with lover Britannicus

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Tsunami recorded 366AD 'The big wave came in 366 and took many lives in Alexandria. Mama’s grave washed away into the sea that day. For many years afterwards people talked about...
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Rendezvous at Rhodos Island It was shortly before the turn of the century, in the summer of 398AD that Hypatia prepared an invitation: To: Caius Claudius Britannicus The esteemed...
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You are the sun, I am the moon... Hypatia and Benjamin took part in the festivities but kept returning to each other’s company. It was their last evening together before Hypatia...
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The famous library The heart of the Great Library was its scrolls. Ptolemy composed a letter “to all the sovereigns and governors on earth", imploring them not to hesitate to send...
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Lovers on Rhodos A servant delivered a letter from Britannicus inviting the esteemed 'Lady Alexandrina' to a sunset tryst in the ruins of Apollo’s Temple... Hypatia called for...
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The temptation of Cyril Passing a dimly lit cellar window, Cyril's attention was caught by tiny squeals of delight. He crouched down and through the iron bars saw a nymph...
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Although Hypatia goes down in history as being a pure maiden and virgin until the very end, I had faint stirrings in me that even though a very pure soul, she was very human. A beautiful and intelligent woman sought after and courted by many; not losing her heart or virginity ever? Improbable… I also feel strongly that she lived according to high morals and would not have had casual relationships with a slave(!) or commoner. There must have been someone during her travels to capture her heart with whom she must have had a most beautiful physical relationship; someone she could not or would not marry but regularly corresponded with and even met up with once or twice. Where would she have met him and what would his profession have been? A poet that stirred her soul with his passionate poetry? An academic with whom she shared her philosophies, perhaps? I have a good feeling about a poet. But he could not be a mere minstrel travelling from city to city. I need a real classy guy here – perhaps a bit of a rouge! Where would he have come from? I don’t feel like Greece, Sparta, Italy, Gaul or Constantinople. Somewhere else in the ancient world that was highly cultured by about 380CE

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Your character might be the Romano-British Poet known by his Roman name Caius Claudius and born in Londinium, a centre of great culture in the Empire. He was more generally known as Britannicus the Bard. He was later employed as minstrel to the court in the entourage of Emperor (initially of Britain) Magnus Maximus (383-388AD) known as Maximillian, Emperor of the West, already mentioned in your text which is interesting.

Maximillian was an Orthodox Christian of Spanish origin. He served with Theodosius in Africa in 373AD and had connections in Alexandria, where his devoted servant, Caius Claudius fell under Hypatia’s spell.

Influenced as ever by the Muse Erato, Caius Claudius composed a series of beautiful verses and songs that he sang to Hypatia to the accompaniment of the lyre. She felt drawn to this stranger from the northern outposts of the Empire and later directed her travels to meet him again while maintaining contact with the passionate poet by letter and messenger.

After the execution of his master in 388, following the entry into Rome of Magnus Maximus, Caius Claudius quietly settled in that city where he maintained contact with the love of his life with the discretion that her position demanded, until her murder.

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Tsunami recorded 366AD
'The big wave came in 366 and took many lives in Alexandria....
Rendezvous at Rhodos Island
It was shortly before the turn of the century, in the summer of...
You are the sun, I am the moon...
Hypatia and Benjamin took part in the festivities but kept...
The famous library
The heart of the Great Library was its scrolls. Ptolemy composed...
Lovers on Rhodos
A servant delivered a letter from Britannicus inviting the...
The temptation of Cyril
Passing a dimly lit cellar window, Cyril's attention was caught...