In the Rome of 2 B.C. a human life is worth very little. Marcus, an officer of the feared Praetorian Guard, receives a live demonstration on the subject, when he becomes the target of an attempted murder. After that, even a transfer to the despised navy seems like a good idea; the main thing is to get out of the city.
The sea is a fearful element for a city kid, but even worse is the mission awaiting him along with his new post: Marcus is ordered to take thousands of gladiators to a huge show, to fight in honour of the ruler – and to take responsibility for the party destined to lose.
The Games of Augustus takes the reader to the rugged and dangerous world of gladiators. It is a violent and thrilling story from an era when the value attached to human life was very different from that of Western countries today – even though the foundations of Western culture were being laid down at the time.