Passion. Treachery. Murder... A heart-stopping epic about a Jewish slave girl and Rome's greatest gladiator, who become involved in a plot to assassinate an emperorOrphaned by Rome's savage legions, Thea, a slave girl from Judaea, has learned what it takes to survive.
She knows only violence until a chance meeting with gladiator Arius offers a shred of tenderness.
But their bond is severed when Thea is sold again, condemned to rot in squalor.
Years later, a singer known as Athena betrays no hint of her troubled past.
Catching the eye of the Emperor himself, she is swept into a world of decadence and depravity.
But although Domitian fears betrayal from every side, he is unaware that the greatest threat lies next to him - a slave girl who has come to be called the Mistress of Rome...