The Man who Never Dies (Romanike #2)

By Codex Regius

Historical fiction | Paperback


No one can tell who made the spheres of twelve faces or why or what the Romans called them: maybe Corpus Sacrum. Maybe something else. We refer to them as pentagondodecahedra. But that is a modern word, and an uncouth one, too. A hundred are known. Many have been found in France, in Belgium, they seem highly concentrated in southern England and at the middle course of the river Rhine. There are as many assumptions on their use as there are dodecahedra. None is conclusive. Alas, the classical authors have not mentioned or described them. Or have they? There is a haunting quote by a man from the second century, Marcus Valerius Martialis. He referred to mysterious items he called the Pilae Mattiacae– the Mattiacian Spheres. So what if – just if – the Pilae Mattiacae and the dodecahedra were one and the same thing? For that reason, the fundamentalist Corpus Sacrum sect has now firmly established itself in the Roman borderland. Charis, the teenage kitchen slave, has been caught in a trap during her attempts to replace her master's dodecahedron which she had unknowingly destroyed. Restitutus, the ageing priest, is facing his abductor who is more powerful than anticipated. And then a murderer is on the loose. Who may have Charis on his agenda, too.


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No one can tell who made the spheres of twelve faces or why or what the Romans called them: maybe Corpus Sacrum. Maybe something else. We refer to them as pentagondodecahedra. But that is a modern word, and an uncouth one, too. A hundred are known. Many have been found in France, in Belgium, they seem highly concentrated in southern England and at the middle course of the river Rhine. There are as many assumptions on their use as there are dodecahedra. None is conclusive. Alas, the classical authors have not mentioned or described them. Or have they? There is a haunting quote by a man from the second century, Marcus Valerius Martialis. He referred to mysterious items he called the Pilae Mattiacae– the Mattiacian Spheres. So what if – just if – the Pilae Mattiacae and the dodecahedra were o...


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Codex Regius is a pen name and label of a pair of two authors from Slove­nia and Germany, respectively. One is a university engineer of chemistry and, before both set up a freelance trans­lation business, has spent her time trying to convey the wonders of the Peri­odic Table to mostly unreceptive students. The other is a graduate of phys­ical engineering and former technical editor. Both are working from home, which the children find very convenient when they return from school. The two authors of Codex Regius are married to each other and still trying to find a common language.


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Codex Regius is a pen name and label of a pair of two authors from Slove­nia and Germany, respectively. One is a university engineer of chemistry and, before both set up a freelance trans­lation business, has spent her time trying to convey the wonders of the Peri­odic Table to mostly unreceptive students. The other is a graduate of phys­ical engineering and former technical editor. Both are worki...


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