The mystery books by Steve Saylor, Roma Sub Rosa series, is my newest craze. This is the story of a simple man with a Sherlock Holmes ability to figure out murders and mysteries. His name is Gordianus, the Finder. So nicknamed became he simply finds answers to questions. You follow Gordianus along his lifelong path that propels him into the worlds of the patrician elite, the political, the medical and the day-to-day life of the average Roman citizen, slave and barbarian.
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As with any good historical novelist, they cannot know from beyond the letters, books or manuscripts left behind just what was said at any one given moment. Yet their talent lay in the fact that they can infer, reason and with a keen understanding of how society worked in the ancient world, produce possible scenarios that compel the reader to keep reading. Then add in a good murder or two or three, coupled with the actual political intrigue of the day and you have a rather good diverting yarn.
As with most books in a series, I recommend you start from the beginning rather than diving head first into the middle or the end. Not because one mystery leads into another, but because part of the charm of such a series is living the life of the protagonist and seeing how they grow, change and develop along with the society in which they live.
As for me, I am at the beginning of the civil war between Pompey and Caesar. They are still friends, or what passes for friendship among the politically ambitious, and tethered by their shared love of Caesar's late daughter Julia. But not for long. Meanwhile Gordianus is out there waiting for a new assignment along with his sons and his entire household retinue.The modern world as we know it is about to begin.
For those that do not know the history of the phrase, "crossing the Rubicon"..it comes from this dramatic time between Caesar and Pompey. Caesar in contravention to laws set out by the Roman Senate, returned to Rome at the head of his army to challenge Pompey for control of the city and thus the Empire. When Caesar crossed over the Rubicon river, there was no turning back and the Roman civil war had begun.
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