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3rd Jan '18 4:02:25 PM Vilui
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* ArrangedMarriage: Common practice during the time period in which the books are set, the marriage of Jonathan's parent's is explicitly stated to have been arranged and many of the other marriages depicted were probably also arranged. [[spoiler: Although inverting the usual trope it's Mordecai - who enforced the arranged marriage - who comes off sympathetically rather than Suzannah.]] This custom causes conflict between Flavia and her father when her father wants to arrange a betrothal for her.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Common practice during the time period in which the books are set, the marriage of Jonathan's parent's parents is explicitly stated to have been arranged and many of the other marriages depicted were probably also arranged. [[spoiler: Although inverting the usual trope it's Mordecai - who enforced the arranged marriage - who comes off sympathetically rather than Suzannah.]] This custom causes conflict between Flavia and her father when her father wants to arrange a betrothal for her.
10th Sep '16 1:04:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* JewishHolidays: Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, Succot and Passover are all featured in the series.
9th Sep '16 10:12:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheRomanEmpire: The books are set in a well-researched depiction of the Roman Empire.
7th Mar '16 12:59:24 AM Doug86
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** [[AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum."]]

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** [[AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum [[Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum "A funny thing happened on the way to the forum."]]
4th May '15 12:01:36 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology: All the books have both explicit references to Classical Myths and intentional parallels to the referenced myths within the story line.

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* ClassicalMythology: Myth/ClassicalMythology: All the books have both explicit references to Classical Myths and intentional parallels to the referenced myths within the story line.



* HeroicDolphin: In ''The Dolphins of Laurentum''. The main characters swim and play with dolpins, and [[spoiler: Lupus even rides one.]] A dolphin rescues [[spoiler: Lupus after he nearly drowns from staying underwater too long while diving. It is also strongly implied that the same dolphin discouraged Lupus from deliberatly leaving behind another diver who had been trapped by a giant octopus, though in fairness to Lupus he had a good reason for wanting the trapped person to die.]] The book also references several examples of the use of dolphins in ClassicalMythology and Roman urban legends, including stories of shipwrecked sailors being rescued by dolphins and boys riding on dolphins. A ship is named Delphina.

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* HeroicDolphin: In ''The Dolphins of Laurentum''. The main characters swim and play with dolpins, dolphins, and [[spoiler: Lupus even rides one.]] A dolphin rescues [[spoiler: Lupus after he nearly drowns from staying underwater too long while diving. It is also strongly implied that the same dolphin discouraged Lupus from deliberatly deliberately leaving behind another diver who had been trapped by a giant octopus, though in fairness to Lupus he had a good reason for wanting the trapped person to die.]] The book also references several examples of the use of dolphins in ClassicalMythology Myth/ClassicalMythology and Roman urban legends, including stories of shipwrecked sailors being rescued by dolphins and boys riding on dolphins. A ship is named Delphina.



* SeaStories: Most of the series would not qualify, however ''The Colossus of Rhodes'' would. Not only is it about ship voyage through the Mediterranean Sea, but the story also incorporates explicit parallels to one of the SeaStories of ClassicalMythology, namely ''Jason and The Argonauts''.

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* SeaStories: Most of the series would not qualify, however ''The Colossus of Rhodes'' would. Not only is it about ship voyage through the Mediterranean Sea, but the story also incorporates explicit parallels to one of the SeaStories of ClassicalMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, namely ''Jason and The Argonauts''.
1st May '15 1:41:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* HeroicDolphin meets FriendlyPlayfulDolphin: In ''TheRomanMysteries'' book ''The Dolphins of Laurentum''. The main characters swim and play with dolpins, and [[spoiler: Lupus even rides one.]] A dolphin rescues [[spoiler: Lupus after he nearly drowns from staying underwater too long while diving. It is also strongly implied that the same dolphin discouraged Lupus from deliberatly leaving behind another diver who had been trapped by a giant octopus, though in fairness to Lupus he had a good reason for wanting the trapped person to die.]] The book also references several examples of the use of dolphins in ClassicalMythology and Roman urban legends, including stories of shipwrecked sailors being rescued by dolphins and boys riding on dolphins. A ship is named Delphina.

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* HeroicDolphin meets FriendlyPlayfulDolphin: HeroicDolphin: In ''TheRomanMysteries'' book ''The Dolphins of Laurentum''. The main characters swim and play with dolpins, and [[spoiler: Lupus even rides one.]] A dolphin rescues [[spoiler: Lupus after he nearly drowns from staying underwater too long while diving. It is also strongly implied that the same dolphin discouraged Lupus from deliberatly leaving behind another diver who had been trapped by a giant octopus, though in fairness to Lupus he had a good reason for wanting the trapped person to die.]] The book also references several examples of the use of dolphins in ClassicalMythology and Roman urban legends, including stories of shipwrecked sailors being rescued by dolphins and boys riding on dolphins. A ship is named Delphina.
30th Mar '15 4:29:40 AM Patachou
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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Jonathan has prophetic dreams in several of the books. Flavia has a prophetic dream that forms the basis of ''The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina.'' A prophetic dream also plays a major role in ''The Enemies of Jupiter.''



* PropheticDreams: Jonathan has prophetic dreams in several of the books. Flavia has a prophetic dream that forms the basis of ''The Twelve Tasks of Flavia Gemina.'' A prophetic dream also plays a major role in ''The Enemies of Jupiter.''
17th Mar '15 3:02:49 AM Bezy
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* PlayAlongPrisoner: [[spoiler: When Jonathan has been ChainedToARock ([[CrucifiedHeroShot actually he was tied to a cross]]) in order to be FedToTheBeasts, the person that ties him up makes the ropes too loose so that he can escape at the right moment. When the beast that is supposed to eat him shows up, it turns out to be a [[AndroclesLion harmless lion that Jonathan already knows.]] He then SlipsTheRopes and climes onto the lion, riding it out of the arena. Those trying to execute him see this as a sign from the gods that he should be spared.]]

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* PlayAlongPrisoner: [[spoiler: When Jonathan has been ChainedToARock ([[CrucifiedHeroShot actually he was tied to a cross]]) in order to be FedToTheBeasts, the person that ties him up makes the ropes too loose so that he can escape at the right moment. When the beast that is supposed to eat him shows up, it turns out to be a [[AndroclesLion harmless lion that Jonathan already knows.]] He then SlipsTheRopes and climes climbs onto the lion, riding it out of the arena. Those trying to execute him see this as a sign from the gods that he should be spared.]]
17th Mar '15 2:57:57 AM Bezy
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* NoSparks: Flavia and [[spoiler: Jonathan]] agree they're this after their PracticeKiss in Sirens of Surrentum, and the only thing they noticed was what the other one had fr lunch.

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* NoSparks: Flavia and [[spoiler: Jonathan]] agree they're this after their PracticeKiss in Sirens of Surrentum, and the only thing they noticed was what the other one had fr for lunch.
5th Mar '15 1:02:39 AM hiphiphu
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* FatalFlaw: All the four main characters have one that causes various problems throughout the series. Flavia is bossy and judgmental, Jonathan [[{{GuiltComplex}} blames himself for everything and is pessimistic]], Nubia is too [[{{NaiveNewcomer}} naive and trusting]] and Lupus is [[{{HairTriggerTemper}} hot-tempered and impulsive.]]
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