Books Crystal King Books by Crystal King Crystal King has written books about: Historical Fiction Fiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Crystal King Fortified dwelling and open air banquet, detail from a mosaic portraying a Nilotic landscape from El Alia, Tunisia. Roman Civilisation, 2nd century. Musée National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum) DeAgostini/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption DeAgostini/Getty Images The Salt What Did Ancient Romans Eat? New Novel Serves Up Meals And Intrigue April 28, 2017 In ancient Rome, food was a bargaining chip for position for slaves and nobles alike. At the center of Feast Of Sorrow is real-life nobleman Apicius, who inspired the oldest surviving cookbook.