Arcturus-Chronology

Chronology

The Arcturus books are more than a series of historical mysteries or a group of hard-boiled tales.

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.

Arcturus Timeline

Map of Londinium


Timeline

Arcturus and Britannia Chronology through 837 a.u.c. (THE CURSE-MAKER)

43 AD/796 a.u.c.
Claudian invasion. Legions II Augusta, XIV, IX and XX in Britannia.

43-37/796-800
Aulus Plautius, governor. Vespasian campaigns in the West; conquest of southern and eastern Britannia completed.

47/800
Publius Ostorius Scapula, governor. First Icenian revolt (suppressed).

49/802
Camulodunum founded. Marcus Favonius Facilis, a veteran centurion of the XX Legion, settles in the colony. He marries Cairenn, a Trinovantian woman.

50/803
Londinium officially founded. Arcturus, son of Facilis and Cairenn, born.

51/804
British rebel Caratacus defeated; he is pardoned by Claudius.

52-57/805-810
Aulus Didius Gallus, governor.

54/807
Claudius poisoned; Nero emperor in Rome.

55/808
Decimus Junius Juvenalis (Juvenal) born.

56/809
Publius Cornelius Tacitus born.

57-58/810-811
Quintus Veranius, governor.

58-61/811-814
Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, governor. Gnaeus Julius Agricola is tribunus militum under Paulinus.

59/812
Marcus Favonius Facilis dies.

60/813
Paulinus attacks the island of Mona (Anglesey).

60-61/813-814
Boudiccan revolt. Destruction of Camulodunum, Verulanium and Londinium.

60/813
Cairenn killed by natives during sack of Camulodunum.

60/813, winter
Julius Alpinius Classicianus new procurator of Britannia. Classicianus adopts Arcturus. Paulinus enacts reprisals against natives.

60/813, spring
Classicianus reports disastrous effects of Paulinus’ cruelty to Nero in Rome; Arcturus sees the capital for the first time.

61/814, spring
Nero sets up commission of inquiry under Polyclitus. Classicianus and Arcturus return to Londinium.

61/814, summer
Paulinus recalled; Publius Petronius Turpilianus appointed governor.

63-69/816-822
Marcus Vettius Bolanus, governor.

66-68/819-821
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.

68/821
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.

68-69/821-822
Year of the Four Emperors; Vespasian wins.

69/822
Arcturus travels with XX Legion as medicus. Solves a murder. Queen Cartimandua rescued by Rome.

71-74/824-827
Quintus Petilius Cerialis, governor. Agricola commands XX Legion; Arcturus becomes personal physician to Agricola. People start asking Arcturus for more than medical help.

74-78/827-831
Sextus Julius Frontinus, governor. Agricola becomes governor of Aquitania. Arcturus goes with him.

77/830
Tacitus marries Julia Agricola, Agricola’s daughter.

78-84/831-837
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.

79-81/832-834
Titus is Emperor; eruption of Vesuvius.

81-96/834-849
Titus dies; Domitian rules.

82/835
Agricola contemplates invasion of Hibernia (Ireland).

83/836, summer
Agricola advances north. A mutiny of the Usipi breaks out.

83/836, winter
The events of NOX DORMIENDA.

84/837, autumn
Battle of Mons Graupius; Acturus quits the army.
The events of THE CURSE-MAKER.


Map of Londinium

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.

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