The Medicus Codex (Vox Populi)

ISBN 13: 9781939454638

The Medicus Codex (Vox Populi)

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Cy Stein’s mastery of ancient Rome is evident on multiple layers in The Medicus Codex, from geography to coinage, from ancient medicine to historical truths, as well as in his realistic descriptions of personality, everyday life and human struggle.

Roma comes to life in all its fantastic and disturbing glory, with angles rarely explored let alone expounded upon in such eloquent detail, fraught with peril and eerily reminiscent of Western civilization today. With great attention to historical accuracy, especially for those in positions of power, The Medicus Codex offers rich enlightenment in a unique and timeless saga.

Set in the third century CE, The Medicus Codex is a sweeping tale told from the perspective of a physician, a medicus, during the height of the ancient Roman Empire, over two hundred fifty years after the reign of Julius Caesar. Adding a contemporary angle of diversity, he is Judean, seeking his greater purpose in the big City, and fighting rampant prejudice along the way. The struggles of the past are forever contemporary. Next in this series will be Stein's equally epic novel Caligula and I (Balcony 7), in 2017.

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Cy Stein has authored over 220 original scientific papers, letters, chapters, reviews and editorials, and is also one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer. His latest scientific work, Molecular Medicine (J. Wiley & Sons, 2015) was co-authored with J. Kurreck. His next medical work, The Prostate Cancer Book (Balcony 7, 2017), is in production, to be followed by Caligula and I (Balcony 7, 2017), the next title in his historical fiction series. Stein hails from a notable literary family that includes cousin Harry Stein, author and journalist, and Joseph Stein, playwright of Fiddler On The Roof. He is a native of New York, now residing in California. Stein is a graduate of Brown University with a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Stanford University, and studied medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.


“Stein presents a riveting tale of medicine and mayhem, and power and greed in Ancient Rome, taking the reader on an adventurous, gripping ride to the past. Although a relative newcomer to the historical fiction genre, the author uses such imaginative and descriptive detail, and crafts such a memorable cast of characters, that the audience is transported to the author's compelling vision of The Eternal City. An instant page-turner from the introduction, The Medicus Codex is a must-read for any enthusiast of ancient Roman historical fiction. This is one heck of a story that never disappoints!”

Lauren Rosenberg, Librarian and Media Specialist, Westchester County, NY Schools

“…a fascinating literary excursion into a Roman past that is at once familiar and exotic, with an extremely observant medical man as a guide. As a work of fiction..a gripping story that begins on the very first page. As history…impressively and accurately detailed. And as a writer, Stein is a poet-scientist, finding startling, sometimes beautiful, always intelligent images in a world filled with people we instantly recognize―despite a separation of millennia.” Denis Boyles, Author, African Lives

“…what a ride, from the heights of wealth and power in ancient Rome, to its (literal) lower depths, through the eyes of Stein's hero, a canny physician with a sharp eye for intrigue, and a knack for surviving Rome's labyrinth intrigue and politics. Hope this is the first in a long series.” Jenny Tripp, Author, Pete and Fremont and The Man Who Was Left For Dead

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