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The Throne of Caesar

By Steven Saylor

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In The Throne of Caesar, award-winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history: It's Rome, 44 AD, and the Ides of March are approaching.

In The Throne of Caesar, award-winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history . . .

It's Rome, 44 AD, and the Ides of March are approaching.

Julius Caesar has been appointed Dictator for life by the Roman Senate. Having pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends, Caesar is now preparing to leave Rome with his army to fight the Parthian Empire.

Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has finally retired. But on the morning of March 10th, he's summoned to meet with Cicero and Caesar himself. Both have the same request - keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar's life. Caesar, however, has one other important matter to discuss - he is going to make Gordianus a Senator when he attends the next session on the 15th of March.

With only four days left before he's made a Senator, Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what conspiracy against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. Because the Ides of March are approaching...

Praise for Steven Saylor

'A compelling storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction' Mary Beard

'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals' Ruth Rendell

'The most reliably entertaining and well-researched novels about the ancient world [are] Steven Saylor's tales of the Roman proto-detective Gordianus the Finder. The Throne of Caesar brings the series to a satisfying conclusion [and offers] a new, compelling perspective on familiar historic events' Sunday Times

'Writing a detective story about one of the most famous murders in history is no easy feat, but Saylor carries it off with characteristic brilliance . . . he has made this era his own' Ian Ross

Biographical Notes

Steven Saylor writes murder mysteries and is best known for his Roma sub Rosa series set in Ancient Rome and featuring Gordianus the Finder.

Steven has been a newspaper and magazine editor, and a literary agent. Steven was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.


See also his website www.stevensaylor.com

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  • ISBN: 9781472123626
  • Publication date: 06 Mar 2018
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Constable
The Saylor hallmarks are meticulous recreation of Rome's grimy bustling streets and a brilliantly drawn cast of minor characters — The Sunday Times
A compelling storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction — Mary Beard
With its expert mix of comedy and tragedy, Wrath may be Saylor's most thought-provoking work, a book that shows sympathy for all while asking us to ponder mankind's seemingly limitless capacity to do terrible things — USA Today
Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals — Ruth Rendell
Writing a detective story about one of the most famous murders in history is no easy feat, but Saylor carries it off with characteristic brilliance. Over the course of sixteen books, he has made this era his own, constructing a detailed and dynamic portrait of Republican Rome in its dying days — Ian Ross
What can you do, as a novelist, with the most famous murder in history? That Steven Saylor has taken up the challenge in full may explain why he has fair claim to be our greatest living historical novelist. — Richard Blake
For more than 25 years, the most reliably entertaining and well-researched novels about the ancient world have been Steven Saylor's tales of the Roman proto-detective Gordianus the Finder. The Throne of Caesar brings the series to a satisfying conclusion [and offers] a new, compelling perspective on familiar historic events. — Sunday Times
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