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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Villa Britannicus Britannicus' family lived at his estate on the south coast of Britain. The late Emperor Magnus Maximus achieved great kudos as a result of his patronage of Caius...
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My Life in Ruins I recently watched the movie 'My life in Ruins' and loved it! It was hilarious! It reminded me of a chapter that did not make it to the final Britannicus and...
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Homer's Inspiration Alexander the Great spent the winter of 332 – 331 BC in Egypt after crushing Darius III and the Persians at the battle of Issus in Syria. In high spirits...
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Waking up in the Grove They were woken by the joyful twitter of birds in the grove; Britannicus’ body sheltering Hypatia from the cold, his hand cupping her breast. When she...
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Villa Aphrodite ‘What a lovely setting,’ Hypatia said appreciatively, taking off her travelling hat. She sat between plump cushions sipping freshly squeezed fruit juices....
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Meeting Britannicus I met my Britannicus in Cyberspace; Hypatia met her Britannicus at the Herodes Atticus, Greece... ‘I saw the comedy, 'The Frogs' by Aristophanes in the...
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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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