Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Steven Saylor
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Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

The hideously disfigured body was found in the atrium. The only clues are a blood-soaked cloak, and, carved into the stone at the corpse's feet, the word Sparta. The murdered man was the overseer of Marcus Crassus's estate, apparently killed by two runaway slaves bent on joining Spartacus's revolt. In response to the murder, the wealthy, powerful Crassus vows to honor an ancient law and kill his ninety-nine remaining slaves in three days. Now Gordianus the Finder has been summoned from Rome by a mysterious client to find out the truth about the murder before the three days are up.

Enmeshed in a world of desperate slaves and duplicitous masters, extravagant feasts and sordid secrets, Gordianus must risk all he loves, including his life, to stop a senseless slaughter-and save the very future of Rome itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429908597
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/13/2008
Series: Novels of Ancient Rome , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 242,213
File size: 477 KB

About 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.


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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Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
bookluvinprof More than 1 year ago
I've 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 two--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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Fun read. 
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Arms of Nemesis is a good book for people who Love Roman Histoy, I won't give the ideas of the book away but All I can tell you is that this book is a Great Mystery book.