Maps play a two-fold role in the book. First, they orient the reader to the time and place where the drama is being played out. Second, maps were the source of Lucius’ childhood imaginings of being a Roman soldier and living the adventure of securing glory for Rome. Since he was brought up in Alexandria, home of one of the greatest libraries in the history of the world, and since his father was a librarian there, he was given free roam of the archives and allowed countless hours of day-dreaming. And having some of those maps in the book tap into the theme of childhood innocence before going off to war and losing his innocence.
Here is the table of contents to give you an idea of the geographical reach of the story.
A. D. 33
Caesarea, Jerusalem, Britain, Rome, Alexandria
A. D. 33-64
Rome, Northern Italy
A. D. 64 – 65
There will be a map at the beginning of each of the three sections. One of Jerusalem at the beginning of the story in 33 A. D. One of the extent of the Roman Empire during the middle of the story, around 47 A. D. And one of Rome at the end of the story at the latter part of Nero’s reign, around 65 A. D.
This should give a nice visual symmetry to the book, I am hoping. Maps of two cities bookend the story, and a broader map of the region surrounding the Mediterranean provides a nice overview.