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Circus Maximus Reviews

Circus Maximus by Annelise Gray

Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

Annelise Gray

Score pending

1 review

Category: Children's
Imprint: Zephyr
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 4 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781800240575

Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, and one girl dreams of glory.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
14 Mar 2021

"an involving, well-characterised tale that feels original"

This novel, by a Latin teacher and specialist in the history of women in Rome, follows 12-year-old Dido through Rome and Carthage until she realises, at 17, her ambition to race chariots at the Circus Maximus...

Rich in period detail, with a few real historical characters — its principal invention the idea that a woman might have been a charioteer — this is an involving, well-characterised tale that feels original, despite having common ground with the work of Caroline Lawrence and Lauren St John.