Vesuvius Plot: Part 2 of Cherusci Plot:
The grandson of the hero of the Cherusci Plot, Caius Antonius, is working for Pliny the Elder in 79AD. Pliny is the governor of Germany and is residing in Trier on the Moselle River. Suddenly a German warrior attacks the governor’s residence and throws a warning into his reflecting pond. It is payback time for the Romans. The Germans want revenge. The Germans kicked out the Romans in 9AD in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. But Germanicus returned five years later to make the Germans pay. What will happen next? That is up to Caius to discover, or the German warriors may push the Romans out of Germany all together. This time they may even follow them all the way back to Italy in Vesuvius Plot, part 2 of Cherusci Plot, coming soon from Cheops Books, LLC.
Who was Pliny the Elder?
Pliny the Elder, or Gaius Plinius Secundus, was an ancient Roman scientist, essayist, and thinker, probably the greatest mind of the first century AD, and he had an office right next door to what later became the Porta Nigra in Trier. What was he doing there, hundreds of miles away from his home in Rome? Trier was the oldest Roman city in Germany. He had been appointed Governor of the Province of Germany probably by the Emperor Trajan. No doubt he studied the birds there as well as the flora and fauna since he was the first to write an encyclopedia called the Natural History. He was carrying business as usual here early in the summer of 79AD before packing his bags and returning home for a summer at the seaside south of Rome at one of his villas near the Vesuvius Volcano which unknown to any mortal that summer was about to erupt.
German warriors from the interior of Germany made their way down the Rhine and the Moselle Rivers to the Roman administrative capital of Trier. They attacked, trying to drive Pliny away from the Palace. They considered the Governor their enemy. He was writing a work called the Germania giving them a bad reputation.