As the historical researcher for The Boy Who Stepped Through Time, I felt a buzz of excitement every time my phone beeped with another question from Anna. How could I discover the answer for her to use in the story? Would there be a clue hidden in an ancient painting, a poem, or a Roman rubbish tip? Here, I have written down where I hunted, and what I discovered.
(Honorary Fellow, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, the University of Melbourne)
I would like to warmly thank all the Roman historians and archaeologists from around the world who generously shared with me their knowledge and invaluable advice, particularly Maddalena Bassani, Jacques Bérato, Paul Burton, Alexandra Chavarría, Arnaud Coutelas, Ash Green, Mary Harlow, Stéphane Martin, Tim Parkin, Yolanda Peña Cervantes, Eric Poehler, Richard Reece, and Dimitri Van Limbergen; my son Lucas, who helped with the translation of many Latin texts; and Alexandra Moreau from the Château de Saint Martin who so kindly responded to my emails and took many photos for us.