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The new novel from the internatinal bestselling author of Roma, is set against the background of Caesar's stupendous quadruple triumphs in Rome in 46 BC, full of colour and spectacle. Having obliterated the opposition, Caesar is now dictator for life. In the upcoming celebrations, Vercingetorix the Gaul is scheduled to be executed, as is Arsinoë, the sister of Cleopatra...and Cleopatra herself is in Rome on a state visit, trying to convince Caesar to acknowledge their son as his heir. Marc Antony and Caesar are at odds; Cicero is making a fool of himself with a new teenage bride; and Caesar's wife Calpurnia, having fallen under the spell of an Etruscan soothsayer, is convinced of a plot on her husband's life. Murder and intrigue again draw Gordianus into the vortex of history. Praise for Stephen Saylor 'Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome.' Sunday Times 'Saylor's gifts include authentic historical and topographical backgrounds and... sombre themes set off the brilliant scenery and clever plotting.' Times Literary Supplement 'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.' Ruth Rendell 'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched... this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post 'Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.' Boston Globe… (mais)
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Saylor has written a wonderful mystery featuring Caesar, Cicero, and Cleopatra (among others), and it's quite tightly plotted. A fun romp through a Rome that writhes with death, is rife with rumors, and seethes with sex around every bend. The city comes truly alive with detail and because of our unique perspective thanks to Saylor's wonderfully-placed Gordianus. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Caesar is back in Rome as dictator for life and is planning to celebrate triumphs for his exploits in war and to reform the calendar. Calpurnia calls in Gordianus to investigate a prophecy from her pet haruspex that Caesar's life is in danger.

I must admit it was with some trepidation that I read this on the flight home. I knew it was the last in the series and wondered whether I would be having a meltdown over a deathbed scene. Fortunately this was avoided. I picked the culprit fairly early on but it was still very enjoyable except for some heavy-handed nudge-nudge moments about the real plot against Caesar which takes place after the end of the book. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 17, 2015 |
The investigation of the murder of a friend, Hieronymous, leads to a plot to Assassinate Caesar. Caesar is preparing to celebrate his conquests, a series of three days celebrating different campaigns. What better setting for an assassination?

The story is interesting, the reader gets an interesting glimpse into Roman life and culture. The writing is good and easy to read. This is the tenth in the series on Gordianus the Finder. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Sep 28, 2014 |
Another solid mystery from Saylor, though I was able to guess the murderer (if not his motive) earlier than in previous novels. We get to see Heironymous the Scapegoat again, Diana starts getting more into her father's work, and we meet Octavius. I love the way Saylor works the historical facts into his story (e.g. we get to see the crowd change Caesar's mind about executing Arsinoe (Cleopatra's sister)). ( )
  saholc | Aug 3, 2014 |
I was a little put off this work by the scads of mildly negative reviews here on grs, however, I found it to be on par with the earlier Gordianus adventures. It is true that the four triumphs celebrated by Caesar (46 BCE) dominate the novel, but Saylor weaves his tale of intrigue and murder with his usual skill between these public elements to create an entertaining story.

Here Gordianus uncovers, just in the nick (literally) of time, a plot to assassinate Caesar, and manages to save the Dictator's life (thought, of course, he was fated to die another day, as are all men). Along the way we meet several of the more important figures of the time: Cleopatra, Vercingetorix, Cicero, Brutus, and of course, Caesar and Calpurnia.

From many observations made by the characters in the novel it may well be that our noble Finder is to retire, and the subsequent novels in the series to feature his daughter Diana as the protagonist, assisted by her husband (the muscle). Should the Finder be allowed to "fade away" as did Sherlock Holmes, or should he die in some noble and grandiose manner?

What I found interesting in Saylor's portrayal of his characters was how they differ from those of other historical novelists. What leaps into my mind is McCullough's depiction of Caesar as a near superman, able to deal with each and every problem with near preternatural ability, while Caesar's wife, the quiet Calpurnia, is a mere cypher. Not so with Saylor. His Caesar is all too much a man, befuddled by events, and surprised by outcomes, while Saylor's Calpurnia does the plotting and scheming behind his back.

Which understanding of events two millennia in the past is correct, I do not know, however, both provide an entertaining read, and one more window into the nature of ourselves. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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The pattern feels familiar, because it’s essentially the same plot as that of A Mist of Prophecies (2002), the eighth book in the Roma Sub Rosa series: Gordianus investigating the life of a friend he didn’t really know that well by talking to a cast of the rich and powerful. Gordianus is tired -- he can’t climb the stairs to Hieronymus’ rooftop apartment very easily, for example -- and The Triumph of Caesar feels a little drowsy, too.

Saylor’s vivid character sketches of historical figures are just as strong as always, with bright cameos by Arsinoë (Cleopatra’s younger sister) and, for the first time in this series, the aloof, reserved Octavius (the future emperor Augustus). But Saylor’s acute historical sensibility is aware that his readers already know how the story ends: Caesar is going to be assassinated.
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The new novel from the internatinal bestselling author of Roma, is set against the background of Caesar's stupendous quadruple triumphs in Rome in 46 BC, full of colour and spectacle. Having obliterated the opposition, Caesar is now dictator for life. In the upcoming celebrations, Vercingetorix the Gaul is scheduled to be executed, as is Arsinoë, the sister of Cleopatra...and Cleopatra herself is in Rome on a state visit, trying to convince Caesar to acknowledge their son as his heir. Marc Antony and Caesar are at odds; Cicero is making a fool of himself with a new teenage bride; and Caesar's wife Calpurnia, having fallen under the spell of an Etruscan soothsayer, is convinced of a plot on her husband's life. Murder and intrigue again draw Gordianus into the vortex of history. Praise for Stephen Saylor 'Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome.' Sunday Times 'Saylor's gifts include authentic historical and topographical backgrounds and... sombre themes set off the brilliant scenery and clever plotting.' Times Literary Supplement 'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.' Ruth Rendell 'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched... this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post 'Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.' Boston Globe

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