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I'm looking for a novel or novelette written in the late 50's early 60's where a reporter is sent to investigate phenomena at some Indian mounds and a storm approaches and in the storm he is transported back to I believe the Roman era where he's a prisoner oarsman on a ship.

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You may be thinking of Lest Darkness Falls; I don't remember the author. I remember reading it many years ago, the man was transported back in time to the Roman era and helped to defeat Rome's enemies. He was able to build a telegraph line to warn of attacks. He wanted to stop the Dark Ages from occurring; hence the Darkness in the title. Hope this helps.

  • The story you are thinking of is Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp. Doesn't really fit the OP's description. – user14111 Mar 22 '14 at 23:06
  • Actually, in LDF he defeats the Roman (East Roman) army trying to capture Italy from the Goths. – Oldcat May 22 '14 at 0:05

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