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By Steven Saylor

ISBN-10: 0312385293

ISBN-13: 9780312385293

"Saylor competitors Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical global come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian "Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle The 3rd in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels that includes Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disappointed by way of the corruption of Rome circa sixty three B.C., has fled town along with his kin to live to tell the tale a farm within the Etruscan geographical region. yet this bucolic lifestyles is disrupted via the machinations and murderous plots of 2 politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime shopper, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to interchange him within the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an rebellion if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to maintain a watchful eye at the radical. even though he distrusts either males, Gordianus is compelled into the guts of the facility fight while his six-year-old daughter Diana reveals a headless corpse of their sturdy. Shrewdly depicting lethal political maneuverings, this addictive secret additionally screens the author's company take hold of of historical past and human personality.  On first booklet again in 1994, Catilina's Riddle was once a finalist for the Hammet Award.

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The figure turned toward me—and it was Meto, not Aratus, who looked me square in the face. He put a finger to his lips and backed cautiously away from the window, then scurried to my side, looking not the least bit guilty for eavesdropping on his own father. - 25 - CHAPTER THREE son should not spy on his father," I said, trying to be stern. " Up on the ridge, Meto and I sat side by side on the stumps and looked down on the farm. In front of the house, Caelius's bodyguards sat beneath the shade of a yew tree.

And if Pompey has to be called back to restore order, what is to stop Pompey from becoming dictator? " Against my will, I did. After Catilina, Pompey as dictator was the ruling oligarchy's worst nightmare. Such an eventuality would mean either the end of the Republic or yet another civil war; men like Crassus and the young Julius Caesar would not let power elude them without a struggle. " I said, hating to be drawn into the argument. "He's already begun planning his revolt. His supporters are as desperate as he is.

Only this time the anarchy will spread unceasingly, like waves from a great stone cast into a pond. This time the enemies of the state are determined not to reform it, at whatever bloody cost, but to smash it altogether. You own a farm now, Gordianus; do you want to see it taken from you by force? It will happen, most certainly; because in the new order everything already established will be usurped and thrown down, ground into the dust. The fact that you no longer live in Rome will provide no protection to you or your family.

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