They’re the story of a man’s life.
Doctor and problem-solver. Roman and native. Soldier and healer.
Arcturus lives a contradiction, a man caught between worlds he understands, but can’t belong to. He does what he can for them. But ultimately he belongs to himself.
Join him on his journeys. There might be a few detours.
43 AD/796 a.u.c.
Claudian invasion. Legions II Augusta, XIV, IX and XX in Britannia.
Aulus Plautius, governor. Vespasian campaigns in the West; conquest of southern and eastern Britannia completed.
Publius Ostorius Scapula, governor. First Icenian revolt (suppressed).
Camulodunum founded. Marcus Favonius Facilis, a veteran centurion of the XX Legion, settles in the colony. He marries Cairenn, a Trinovantian woman.
Londinium officially founded. Arcturus, son of Facilis and Cairenn, born.
British rebel Caratacus defeated; he is pardoned by Claudius.
Aulus Didius Gallus, governor.
Claudius poisoned; Nero emperor in Rome.
Decimus Junius Juvenalis (Juvenal) born.
Publius Cornelius Tacitus born.
Quintus Veranius, governor.
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, governor. Gnaeus Julius Agricola is tribunus militum under Paulinus.
Marcus Favonius Facilis dies.
Paulinus attacks the island of Mona (Anglesey).
Boudiccan revolt. Destruction of Camulodunum, Verulanium and Londinium.
Cairenn killed by natives during sack of Camulodunum.
Julius Alpinius Classicianus new procurator of Britannia. Classicianus adopts Arcturus. Paulinus enacts reprisals against natives.
Classicianus reports disastrous effects of Paulinus’ cruelty to Nero in Rome; Arcturus sees the capital for the first time.
Nero sets up commission of inquiry under Polyclitus. Classicianus and Arcturus return to Londinium.
Paulinus recalled; Publius Petronius Turpilianus appointed governor.
Marcus Vettius Bolanus, governor.
Classicianus dies. Arcturus travels to Rome; studies medicine under Dioscorides. Also studies law, rhetoric and philosophy. Travels to Greece and Egypt. Meets the philosopher Favorinus. Classicianus’ friend Publius Decimus Felix watches over him.
Arcturus falls in love with Curatis Dionysia and becomes involved in a murder case. Felix sends him back to Britannia. Agricola is praetor in Rome.
Year of the Four Emperors; Vespasian wins.
Arcturus travels with XX Legion as medicus. Solves a murder. Queen Cartimandua rescued by Rome.
Quintus Petilius Cerialis, governor. Agricola commands XX Legion; Arcturus becomes personal physician to Agricola. People start asking Arcturus for more than medical help.
Sextus Julius Frontinus, governor. Agricola becomes governor of Aquitania. Arcturus goes with him.
Tacitus marries Julia Agricola, Agricola’s daughter.
Agricola is governor of Britannia. Arcturus is appointed to the praetorium, the governor’s headquarter’s staff, as personal physician. He travels with the governor on campaign; lives in Londinium during winter months.
Titus is Emperor; eruption of Vesuvius.
Titus dies; Domitian rules.
Agricola contemplates invasion of Hibernia (Ireland).
Agricola advances north. A mutiny of the Usipi breaks out.
The events of NOX DORMIENDA.
Battle of Mons Graupius; Acturus quits the army.
The events of THE CURSE-MAKER.
Taken from the original edition of NOX DORMIENDA, this schematic map of Roman London illustrates some of the key locations from Kelli’s debut novel.