About the Author

Jack Mitchell was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, in 1977 and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. When he was 14, his love of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings prompted him to take Latin during his first year in high school, and he has been interested in Roman writers and Roman history ever since.

After high school, Jack decided to become a writer: he moved to Paris for a year in 1995, where he wrote his first novel in a very, very small apartment in the rue Gay-Lussac. After that, he studied Classics at McGill University in Montreal, and subsequently received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 2006.

Jack lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he is an Associate Professor of Classics at Dalhousie University. You can find out more about him and his work on this website. The Roman Conspiracy was his first book, followed by The Ancient Ocean Blues in 2008.