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O Triunfo de César (Roma Sub Rosa #12)

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A guerra civil acabou: Pompeu está morto, o Egipto está sob o controlo de Cleópatra, e Júlio César regressou a Roma. Nomeado Ditador pelo Senado, correm rumores de que César pretende ser coroado Rei, o primeiro que Roma teria desde há muito. Mas César ainda tem inimigos, e por isso a sua mulher Calpúrnia, receosa pela vida do marido, contrata um grande amigo de Gordiano, o ...more
Capa Mole, 272 pages
Published 2008 by Bertrand Editora (first published January 1st 2004)
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Georgina Ortiz
Hieronymus, Gordianus' Massilian friend, sums up what I think of The Triumph of Caesar (p.288): "You used to appreciate a puzzle, Gordianus--the more baffling, the better. What's become of your powers of deduction? Gone to Hades, along with your powers of observation, I suppose."

Maybe it was the author's intention to lay down the groundwork for Gordianus' eventual retirement. After all, he has been Rome's number one private investigator for three decades. But still, I found the plot a little thi
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Karen Wyle
Apr 18, 2016 Karen Wyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm rounding up a bit.

Unless Saylor picks it back up again, the Roma Sub Rosa series ends with this book, and I'm in withdrawal. I would happily read the next, if it existed.

While this book does not delve as deep into Gordianus' character as some of the others do, I appreciated the time spent with Gordianus and (much of) his family, as well as the vivid descriptions of Caesar's various "triumphs" (grand processions, not victories). I also liked the realistic touch of the aging Gordianus' difficu
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Dorothy
Nov 10, 2008 Dorothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction and specifically historical mysteries
I had read all the books in this series about Gordianus the Finder, but it had been so long since the last one I read - "A Gladiator Only Dies Once" - that I found I had forgotten a lot about the history of the characters and I had a hard time picking up the thread here. Once I did, I just couldn't get that interested somehow. The writing seemed flat.

I think part of the problem is that, since I last read this series, I discovered John Maddox Roberts and Lindsay Davis, both of whom are much bette
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Linda
Jul 19, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of mysteries and/or historical fiction
Recommended to Linda by: Myself
This is the 12th book in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series, which is set in Ancient Rome. I'm an historical fiction addict, and this is one series that I particularly enjoy. Not only have I learned a tremendous amount about the times, but Saylor's realistic characters make the ancient world something we can actually relate to today. He mixes imaginary characters with real historical figures, and the result is that names I had to memorize as a kid now are comprehensible as living, breathing human bei ...more
Dale
Aug 03, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Triumph of Caesar is the 12th in the Gordianus series of novels set in ancient Rome. 'Gordianus the Finder' is a kind of private detective who started his career working for Cicero on a case of parricide. Now 30 years later Gordianus has acquired a house on the Palatine and is well known to the upper reaches of Roman society.

The year is 46 B.C.E. and Caesar has returned from the Civil war, the war in Africa, and the war in Asia. His wife Calpurnia is convinced that his life is in danger, and
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Eric Secoy
Great to read Saylor's description of the Roman forum just after I spent a couple of days wandering around the forum in Rome myself. Not much suspense in the mystery solved here, but the characters in this series are well established and Saylor's knowledge of ancient Rome makes this series one of my favorite mystery reads.
Bea
Mar 17, 2011 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. In this book, there is a discussion about the Roman calendar and the need for a new calendar. My husband asked me if Methuselah's life years were the same as ours and, based on this book, it seems they might not have been. I will need to find more on the topic. I also realized that burial in Roman times was really different from now - no embalming, cremation. The stench must have been prominent! Finally, the main character (Gordianus the Finder) i ...more
Fernando Gonzalo Pellico
Última novela de la saga de Gordiano en cuanto a hechos. Amable y fácil de leer, quizá con más ingredientes del policial y menos de la histórica que a lo que nos tiene acostumbrados Saylor.

No es la mejor novela del autor, a ratos se me hizo lenta, pero vale la pena. Espero que a Saylor le de por sacar una sobre los Idus de Marzo del 44, pero nunca se sabe. Gordiano no podrá darnos a conocer a través de sus ojos a Octavio y sus alborotados tiempos, pero tal vez, sólo tal vez, Saylor opine que Ec
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Jean-Paul
Read this backstage at the Blood Asylum during Howl-O-Scream 2013. Gotta say the sounds of torture and screams in the background really helped get me in the mood for a murder mystery. I'm not a huge fan of the mystery genre and I haven't read any of the other historical fiction mystery novels from this author, but the idea of a Roman age detective is a pretty good one and I think a TV show featuring the antics of such an investigator would be pretty good. From the mysteries I've read I'd say tha ...more
Lance McMurchy
well, this one just felt tired. maybe Gordianus needs an afternoon nap - since he is getting old. After all the other books, this one would be the bottom of the Saylors' barrel. It seemed that histoty got in the way of a good story. And that magical realism bit, well, that came out of left field. the last book was a bit mystical, too. the book needed a spark, but the a mystical element didn't really work. Better luck next time, Saylor.
Chaitra
This is the first time I read a book in this genre and setting. While I enjoyed reading the detailed descriptions of the characters, I felt that parts of the story were repetitive (read Triumphs). Also, the pace of the story felt uneven since Gordanius' deductions did not keep up with the speed of the happenings in the story. It was only in the end that the Finder played an active role instead of a passive one.

On the plus side, the style of writing was succinct but still managed to pack large am
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April
In this installment, Gordanius the Finder is retained by Ceasar's first wife, Calpurnia, to ferry out a plot against him as he parades the grandest triumphal processions that have ever been seen throughout Rome. Saylor is once again spot on with his descriptions of Roman events seen through the eyes of a cynical outsider/insider like Gordanius, who, though retired, gets involved when he finds an old friend of his "The Scapegoat" murdered in his investigation of the same thing. This lacks some of ...more
Gretchen
May 03, 2015 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ancient-rome
That's it?!?! There's no more?!?! Now what am I going to do?

I had been putting off starting this novel knowing it is the final book in the Gordianus the Finder series. Well, I started it and now I'm finished with it. I feel slightly empty. I feel slightly disappointed. There were a few things the bothered me about this novel. One was the lack of Eco. Eco has more or less disappeared from the novels since that whole deal with Catalina. I was always a little bummed out by that aspect of the story
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Vicki Cline
In 46 BC, Caesar has returned to Rome after concluding the civil wars and is about to celebrate four triumphs. His wife, Calpurnia, has been consulting a haruspex who predicts that Caesar is in great danger. She tasks Gordianus the Finder to uncover the plot and protect Caesar. She had previously used Gordianus' friend Hieronymus (from the book Last Seen in Massilia) for this, but he was killed. Gordianus looks through Hieronymus' notes and interviews all the people he had been checking out, a s ...more
Lianne
Gordianus has returned from Egypt, and Bethesda has been cured of her illness in the sacred Nile. Pompey has been defeated and Cleopatra is Queen of Egypt, thanks to help from Caesar and his legions. Caesar has returned to Rome and no one knows whether he plans to be a dictator, like Sulla or whether he plans to become a King after seeing how convenient it is to be so close to the gods as Cleopatra can claim to be. Rome buzzes with intrigue because the Senate and Consuls will not let go of their ...more
Ian
Dec 02, 2012 Ian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Faith Justice
I read a Gordianus the Finder mystery a few years ago, but don't remember which it was (there are eleven books previous to this one in the Roma Sub Rosa series.) I do remember mildly enjoying it and the series got a thumbs up from several people on this board. I picked The Triumph of Caesar out of the bargain bin because I truly enjoyed Steven Saylor's Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (review here) and thought I'd give this one a shot.

In the beginning of the story, Gordianus has returned to Rome
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George
Jun 03, 2008 George rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an author of historical fiction, Steven Saylor assumes the challenge of insinuating his detective in the everyday life of the high and the low in ancient Rome.

At its best, his work is captivating. At it's worst, Saylor's work is tedious and contrived. Perhaps the most interesting comments in The Triumph of Caesar can be found at the end of the book in the author's notes.

Considering historically inexplicable behavior by Julius Caesar, Saylor says, "Caesar's installation of the statue (of Cleop
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Heather Ross
Jun 22, 2014 Heather Ross rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libris, p-h
I enjoyed this book after the 2nd triumph, or during it I guess. Am reading it aloud to my spouse @ bedtime so I think that helps , one he falls asleep I pick up another book for an hour (or 3!)
Once Diana gets involved the pace picks up and the twist, wasn't as predictable as you'd think- although I did get it earlier than Gordianus. All I can say is if you 're getting bored try to tough it out to Ch15 that is when it starts picking up speed.
Michele
This books was a bit slow. Additionally, bringing in the supernatural to help solve the case was stretching it some, especially since it was involving a deceased friend. Calpurnia is always good for the story but some other acquaintances was almost like a way to pad the story out. I enjoyed Giordianus' family and old problems were resolved. Did not feel this was the best book in the series, but it was worth reading.
Dolphe
Mar 18, 2011 Dolphe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steven-saylor
It is probably inevitable that a series as lengthy as sub-rosa has to have one offering that doesn't quite live up to the others and this is it. Still, reading sub-par Steven Saylor is preferable to reading the best efforts of most of his contemporaries. Saylor often takes chances with his character development and that can be a risky move when fans are so invested in the Gordianus clan. The mystical elements used to rapidly tie up the mystery were an unexpected and jarring choice. It was either ...more
Argum
Dec 09, 2014 Argum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I am only deducting one star because this is the last book and I feel like it doesn't quite get there, but if it wasn't I might not have been so hard on it. The story itself takes place over a short period of time and Caesar's wife is worried someone might be trying to kill him and wants help to stop it. This provides a nice reason to look in on some of the best families and see what they were up to when Caesar was having his triumphs. The Finder does seem a bit haggard and off his game ...more
Helen
Aug 08, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this whole series and have learned a great deal of Roman history while enjoying Gordianus and his friends and family. I have a considerable amount of empathy for Bethesda, who may not be able to read and has a different set of superstitions from the Romans but is a good and loving person, ready to do whatever is necessary for her family. The descriptions of Rome are incredibly clear and change with the changing events. You watch Caesar's temple to Venus go up, you sit in the stand ...more
Fredric
Jun 23, 2015 Fredric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner for Saylor. The infusion of the fictional with the historic is so well done that the reader finishes this author's books with an understanding of both the great events driven by real leaders and the daily lives of the ordinary folk; and all of this in a thoroughly entertaining package.
Sundara
My second Saylor book and the first of Gordanius. I found the idea of private eye going about his business 2000 years ago an interesting concept. They must have existed , wouldnt they?
SAylor says that he is perplexed by Julius Caeser. In this book, I found him generally critical of him. Having been brought on ROman things through Colleen McCulloughs Masters of Rome, I did not like that bit. The writing is interesting though I found the end a little too esoteric to be thrilled with.

Overall good b
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Eunice
May 12, 2013 Eunice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in the Roma Sub Rosa series with Goridanus the finder now returned from Egypt. He is dragged out of retirement once again by the death of a friend. In some wways the book seems an excuse for Saylor to describe the 4 triumphs that Caesar celebrates (they've been accummulating while he was off fighting other wars.) Caesar survives as the fatal Ides of March are not reached although the Roman Calendar does play a significant part in the plot. As always Saylor's descriptions o ...more
Rui
May 15, 2015 Rui rated it liked it
3.5, really, but just because I wanted it to be longer.
(Also, PLEASE Saylor, don't waste the chance of having a "Diana, The Finder" spin-off, I swear I'd read that in a heartbeat).
Linda Baynham
May 27, 2014 Linda Baynham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved these, was trying to pace myself but finally gave in and read them all in a row.
Gudrun
Feb 08, 2013 Gudrun rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-greek
eentje uit de inmiddels klassieke reeks Roma sub Rosa, ofte de avonturen van de fictieve Romeinse detective Gordianus in een voor de rest bijzonder accurate Romeinse setting met Cicero, Caesar, etcetera. Toch vond ik deze echt wel minder: Saylor heeft voor zijn ontknoping de toevlucht genomen tot een visioen, en geef toe, da’s toch een pure deus ex machina? Verder wel vlot geschreven, zoals altijd, en als verhaal rond Cleopatra, Caesar, diens vrouw Calpurnia en Cleopatra’s zus Arsinoë best te sm ...more
Byrdman50010 Minor
Mr. Saylor has creates a very intriguing mystery surrounding the celebratory triumphs of Julius Caesar. It seems Caesr's wife has become convinced he is in danger. She enlists the aid of Gordianus, The Finder, a Roman citizen with a history of digging up the truth, to get to the bottom of things. we get to follow the Finder through his investigation and learn something of the city and the customs of Rome. I must admit I didn't see the solution, but then I rarely do. I like to go for a ride with ...more
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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 class
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Other Books in the Series

Roma Sub Rosa (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Roman Blood (Roma Sub Rosa, #1)
  • Arms of Nemesis (Roma Sub Rosa, #2)
  • Catilina's Riddle (Roma Sub Rosa, #3)
  • The Venus Throw (Roma Sub Rosa, #4)
  • A Murder on the Appian Way (Roma Sub Rosa, #5)
  • The House of the Vestals (Roma Sub Rosa, #6)
  • Rubicon (Roma Sub Rosa, #7)
  • Last Seen in Massilia (Roma Sub Rosa, #8)
  • A Mist of Prophecies (Roma Sub Rosa, #9)
  • The Judgment of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa, #10)

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