OK, I think that this is very last post about the book before it actually comes out. It is all written, and is very soon to go to the printers, and I don't want you to think that this is all an advert, or that I am thinking about nothing else. (Far from it, as you'll soon see.)
The truth is, of course, that I am still spending all my waking hours on the book even now. That is partly writing the captions for the pictures. There's a hundred or so and I want each caption to add to what is there in the main text, I want it to be value-added, to reward the reader for paying attention to the image. So that is a bit of time. But it is also reading and re-reading the proofs and checking the maps. Many readers of this blog were very keen on maps, and I took that so seriously,that there will now I think be five in all. But they have to be checked and double and treble checked. (Oh sh** there are two places called Teanum in Roman Italy ...).