Catilina's Riddle (Roma Sub Rosa Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian "Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle The third in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. But this bucolic life is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians: Roman consul...
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Catilina's Riddle (Roma Sub Rosa Series #3)

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Overview


"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian "Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle The third in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels featuring Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disillusioned by the corruption of Rome circa 63 B.C., has fled the city with his family to live on a farm in the Etruscan countryside. But this bucolic life is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime patron, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to replace him in the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an uprising if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to keep a watchful eye on the radical. Although he distrusts both men, Gordianus is forced into the center of the power struggle when his six-year-old daughter Diana finds a headless corpse in their stable. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character.  On first publication back in 1994, Catilina's Riddle was a finalist for the Hammet Award.

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Editorial Reviews

Emily Melton
Set in ancient Rome, the latest in Saylor's carefully researched historical mystery series centers on the age-old theme of politics. Even in 63 B.C., it seems, ambitious, clever, scheming, scamming politicians flourished. Take Gordianus, a Roman citizen turned gentleman farmer who has fled noisy, crowded Rome to seek peace in the Etruscan countryside. To his chagrin, Gordianus finds he can't escape the intrigues and influences of the city as easily as he had hoped. He becomes embroiled in a bitter political rivalry between his patron, Cicero, and a clever up-and-comer, Catilina. Saylor has written a sweeping and marvelously evocative story, with page after page of authentic detail and meticulous descriptions of the people, places, and politics of early Rome. If there's a fault, it's the overemphasis on ambience and atmosphere, leaving a story that's occasionally slow to develop. There's no doubt that history buffs will savor the splendid historical detail, but mystery fans looking primarily for fast pacing and lots of action may lose interest.
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"Engrossing . . . Ironic and satisfying."—San Francisco Chronicle

 

"Saylor rivals Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical world come alive."—The Oregonian (Portland)

"Saylor's fashionably inconclusive reading of the conspiracy throws both antagonists, Cicero and Catilina, into bold relief. The result is a spacious, provocative portrait of a fictional detective confronted with a historical mystery finally beyond his powers."—Kirkus Reviews

"Saylor has written a sweeping and marvelously evocative story, with page after page of authentic detail and meticulous descriptions of the people, places, and politics of early Rome . . . There's no doubt that history buffs will savor the splendid historical detail."—Booklist

"Saylor carefully plots this novel and accurately depicts Roman society; his attentive study of Roman history and culture is evident throughout. The characters are believable and well delineated."—Library Journal

"Saylor has written another gripping and entertaining historical whodunit. Shrewdly depicting deadly political maneuverings, this addictive mystery also displays the author's firm grasp of history and human character."—Publishers Weekly 

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In the year 63 B.C., Gordianus leaves behind the corruption of Rome and retires to a farm in the Etruscan countryside. His calm pastoral life is disturbed, however, when a newly elected consul asks him to spy on a rabble-rousing senator. Soon, Gordianus finds himself drawn into a violent power struggle on the eve of an election. Matters worsen when a corpse is found on his farm--and Gordianus must confront a deadly mystery that threatens his life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429908627
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Roma Sub Rosa Series , #3
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 136,226
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Maps xiv
Part 1 Nemo 1
Part 2 Candidatus 73
Part 3 Conundrum 267
Part 4 Nunquam 389
Epilogue 487
Author's Note 493
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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Catalina's Riddle by Steven Saylor

    This is one in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series. My first meeting with the series was in a later volume (A MIST OF PROPHECIES)in the library of a senior residence in which I live. I was so delighted with the book that I sought out others by the same author and have now managed to read everything thus far published in the series, mostly in chronological order,plus one of his other novels. I reread the MISTS again in the chronological order and got a great deal more from it this time (though I had loved it the first time).

    The title, including the name of a well known figure of the era in which it is set, is tantalizing.Saylor's knowledge of ancient Rome is amazing. The incredible detail, down to the foods of the era are fantastic. I have enjoyed each one of the books in the series more than I can express, and each time I have been eager to read the next one. I should add that I did not find the odd one (not from the series) nearly as enjoyable as the Sub Rosa series

    With my knowledge of Roman history, I would imagine that there would be one more left to be produced in this series, and I am eager to hear of its publication.

    Clearly I loved the book, but I do not reccommend it without the entire series, because while it can stand on its own, the pleasure is far greater taken in context of the entire series.

    I might add that I have donated each of the books in this series, once read, to the library where I first found the authors work, in the interest of giving others the opportunity to enjoy as I have.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    M

    Mountain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    One of the best in the series. 

    One of the best in the series. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Riddle me this

    What letter(of the alphabet) is the most like death?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Scavenger hunt

    The second and final phase of this hunt is riddles. Search the answer to this riddle
    I start with e, i end with e, but i only have one letter in me. What am I?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    To i have a riddle

    A bird? JUSTINE

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    Posted May 29, 2012

    To Justine

    Nope!

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    Posted May 30, 2012

    The answer to silver riddle

    Is.......duct tape!

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    Posted May 29, 2012

    Kiyanleap

    I know! The letter 'm'!

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    Posted May 28, 2012

    Ceaseclaw

    I want treasure. Whats the riddle?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    A riddle is at

    5 result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Riddlemaster

    Correct. All who answered "m" can come to the next result for something.

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