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A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa Series #5)

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Superior to usual run of 'historical' mysteries

    I'm not a mystery fanatic, but I love historical fiction and have tried to read many of these 'historical' mystery series--ie; Brother Cadfael, Stephanie Barron's series with Jane Austen, etc. Stephen Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series is by far my favorite. His expertise about late-Republic Rome is undeniable, and he also has the gift of writing clearly, but with enough detail to do justice to the fascinating historical context and to provide character depth. Gordianus interacts with many historical characters, such as Cicero, Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar--but in a way that is believable and illuminates the personalities of these real historical figures. The Arms of Nemesis and Murder on the Appian Way are my favorite of the series--Nemesis because it deals with the injustice of Roman slavery, and Appian Way because it is about a REAL murder, the murder of the politician Publius Clodius. I attempted to read Colleen McCullough's series about Rome, but those books were, frankly, a hard slog at times because of the flat characterizations. I honestly think this series is superior and illuminates the period better even though it is a mystery series.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    great read

    Murder on the Appian Way continues the tales of Gordianus the Finder a fictional character dealing with real life characters such as Cicero, Mark Antony,Caesar and more. and deal with actual events that took place in ancient Rome. I have always been a history buff and these books give a more personal view of the historical characters. Steven Saylor brings ancient Rome to life and the detail about some of the customs is great and I look forward to reading his other books. I would also recommend CATALINA'S RIDDLE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    an excellent book

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. See what the others wrote about it and then buy it!

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