Antonina: The Fall of Rome
Published in 1850, Antonina, or The Fall of Rome was Wilkie Collins's first novel. Using accurate historical details about the Roman emperor Honorius and the Gothic king Alaric, he presents the fictitious character of Antonina and narrates her escapades during the siege of Rome. As she flees the city to preserve her honor, she does not realize the perils she will face.
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AN APPRENTICESHIP TO THE TEMPLE
THE TWO INTERVIEWS
THE RIFT IN THE WALL
THE PASSAGE OF THE WALL
THE HOUSE IN THE SUBURBS
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