A eunuch archpriest and an unscrupulous senator smuggle two products from China to Italy that will change the course of western history.
Fiction set in ancient Rome
Surgeon Getorius Asterius, his wife Arcadia, a eunuch archpriest of a pagan fertility cult, the female head of an heretical church, and an ambitious senator in league with a Chinese merchant: these are the prime movers in this mystery set at Ravenna, Italy, in A. When Getorius is summoned to examine the castrated body of a youth found by Thecla in her Arian church, who is the sobbing "Vestal Virgin" nearby?
Why is the senator smuggling counterfeit Western coins to the Eastern Empire, and unknown Chinese products back to Ravenna? The murdured Thecla's coded message leads to a secret tunnel and the sinister temple of Cybele, whose devotees are self-mutilated eunuchs. In a stunning climax, the conspirators try to escape Ravenna, planning to sell one product in Egypt, but failing to recognize the far more deadly nature of the other.
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