The Love of Julius

Quinn Publications

240 AD and Egypt is under Roman occupation. Two people meet on the banks of the Nile; two people who cannot be together. Meskenit is tormented by the act of others, whilst Julius must return home, to Syria. Can love cross the border from one country to another, and overcome the fate awaiting Meskenit? 

The Love of Julius is a short story. 

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