The Sylvan Woods of Lake Nemi is a new work of fiction from Lita-Luise Chappell, writer on sex, magic, food, distant lands, and everyday life with articles, poetry, novels, travelogues, rituals, cookbooks, and short-stories. The posted description says:
“Elena Morandi has only her fieldwork left to complete her degree in anthropology. Her topic: how the ancient cult of Diana and its practices influenced the social structure and culture of the Roman people. She takes the summer to work under the supervision of a local history specialist, Professor Riccardo Benenati. She also adds to her knowledge by helping the well-respected archaeologist Doctor Vincenzo Nerezza, who is working on a dig at the famous Temple of Diana on the northeastern shore of Lake Nemi.
“Elena discovers a secret tunnel under the Nemi cliffs and a way back in time to Nemi’s ancient sylvan woods. Between keeping in touch with her husband Leo back in Portland, her work with the professor and archaeologist, and her visits to the ancient cult of Diana’s priestesses, she is also trying to figure out who is stealing temple antiquities. She doesn’t know who she can trust, but she ends up learning a lot more about human behavior and an ancient culture”