Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa Series #1)

Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa Series #1)

by Steven Saylor
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Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Roman Blood, the first of Steven Saylor's Sub Rosa series of novels, introduces Gordianus the Finder and his family, fictional characters who become increasingly memorable and claim a hold on our affections and sympathetic concern as they interact throughout the series with many famous historical characters, Julius Caesar, Pompey The Great, Marc Antony, Cicero, and Spartacus being the best known. The lawlessness of a great city - Rome - without a police force; the brutal treatment of slaves as chattel; the political intrigues and assassinations - all are faithfully portrayed in historically accurate and authentic detail. But perhaps the most remarkable aspect of these novels is their overlay of modern liberal values represented by the fictional narrator, who manumits (frees) and marries his Egyptian concubine, Bethesda, adopts a street urchin and a slave as his sons, understands and accepts the independence and sovereignty of women, reveres and serves the truth as much as Diogenes, and evinces a genuine religious piety. The characters are memorably drawn and individuated, and the finder's daughter, whose patronymic name Gordiana is shortened to Diana, is arguably the most appealing daughter in literature since Cordelia. Like all works of a master spirit, these books provide an edifying education, with recognizable allusions to ancient as well as Elizabethan literature, and they contain flashes of sardonic humor appropriate to the anatomy of the human condition that they reveal. They are among the very best of modern recreations of that peculiar combination of greatness and squalor that was ancient Rome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but must like ancient Rome and have a basic background in their history
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a history and mystery buff I couldn't put it down.
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Good read if you like Ancient Rome. Fun to compare the maps to current day Rome. 
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Laura50 More than 1 year ago
I feel that Roman Blood is an OK book. There is too much sex and domestic violence for my taste. Does this make it historically accurate? Yes, but it is too much information. I thought the plot movement was slow but this could be because it is a private detective story. It is not my top mystery sub-genre. Since there are few historical mysteries set in Ancient Rome, historical fiction fans may want to take a look at it.
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