The great arena has thrilled and horrified for generations. Within its walls and on its sandy floor, countless brave men and horrific beasts have bled and perished. It is a symbol of strength, a proving ground for future legends, and a visible reminder to enemies the might and brutality of the Roman Empire. The great arena’s renown has reached all the corners of the world, both known and unknown, and many exotic wonders come to delight the crowds. But on this day, and greatly troubling to the powers that be, new contestants have joined the ranks of the combatants that hail from far greater and thought lost civilizations. While they mesmerize the crowds, the ruling body of the Roman Empire knows they are emissaries of a possible war to come.
Father Geek's Review of Hoplomachus: The Lost Cities (prepublished version)