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Spring 298 BC. Rome is still a small, unsophisticated and upcoming nation of primitive farmers and citizens struggling to survive in central Italy. Bitter and deadly enemies surround the youthful republic. It is the period of true Roman greatness, an age of loyalty to land, city and the old Roman gods. On the Liris frontier a hard fought peace exists between the hardy Roman colonists and the fiercely independent Samnite mountain tribes. In the Roman colony of Sora, Gaius an eighteen year old farmer's son has little inkling that his life is about to utterly change. As tragedy strikes he is forced on a journey that will lead him to the House of Mus and set him on the path to becoming one of the young republic's greatest soldiers. As Rome prepares for the decisive battle for control of the Italian peninsula at a place called Sentinum, Gaius will witness an act of supreme Roman patriotism, an act of personal devotion that will leave him the sole heir to a noble and heroic tradition.
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