Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome

Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome

by Steven Saylor
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Roman Blood: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

In the unseasonable heat of a spring morning in 80 B.C., Gordianus the Finder is summoned to the house of Cicero, a young advocate staking his reputation on a case involving the savage murder of the wealthy, sybaritic Sextus Roscius. Charged with the murder is Sextus's son, greed being the apparent motive. The punishment, rooted deep in Roman tradition, is horrific beyond imagining.

The case becomes a political nightmare when Gordianus's investigation takes him through the city's raucous, pungent streets and deep into rural Umbria. Now, one man's fate may threaten the very leaders of Rome itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429908580
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Novels of Ancient Rome , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 143,469
File size: 1 MB

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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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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