The Triumph of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa, #12)
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The Triumph of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa #12)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  941 ratings  ·  79 reviews
In the waning days of the Roman civil war, the wife of Julius Caesar calls Gordianus the Finder out of retirement to investigate rumors that enemies of her husband are still plotting his downfall, a situation that is further complicated by a murder and fo
Title: The Triumph of Caesar
Author: Saylor, Steven
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Publication Date: 2009/07/07
Number of Pages: 3...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Minotaur Books (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...more
Nov 10, 2008 Dorothy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jul 19, 2008 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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...more
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.
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
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.
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Heather Ross
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.
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
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
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...more
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
Linda Baynham
Loved these, was trying to pace myself but finally gave in and read them all in a row.
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
Fernando Delfim
Um livro muito "morno". Foi mesmo o mais fraquinho da série. Acho que serviu de "ponte" para a sucessão do "Descobridor". Valeu pela descrição histórica dos costumes da época.
This was my first Steven Saylor read and I realize it is the end of his Roma Sub Rosa series. Other readers have said it does not live up to the other novels in the series... if so, then I will be reading all of them! I thought it was a nice, easy, enjoyable read. A murder mystery set in ancient Rome. Enough characters to keep it interesting but not too many to get lost. Having visited the city several years ago, it was neat to be able to visualize the streets of the Forum and the upper class ci...more
now this is how i get my roman history, through gordianus the finder's job solving mysteries in ancient rome. i have been waiting for saylor to get to caesar's time, he seems to be inching toward it in the series, and at last here it is. not that we dont know the outcome, but here there is the behind the scenes look at rome and how it was governed and the actions of swell-headed heros...i would know no history at all, and have no knowledge of outher countries, if mysteries didnt spoonfeed (knife...more
Wel een leuk beeld van Rome in de tijd van Cleopatra, maar het verhaal is een beetje flauw...
I really didn't get on very well with this book. It irritated me. Yes, the details about Rome itself seemed plausible, but the characters didn't really work for me. The plot was a little contrived, and I didn't feel that it could have happened that way at all. I finished it, but am left with the feeling that I shall give this author a miss in future.
Please don't let me put you off reading this book for yourself. Opinions on books are very individual and you may love the story.........
The Gordianus series is getting tired. While I loved the earlier books, the last three have been formulaic and somehow impersonal/skimpy, without the richness and zip that Saylor brought to his accounts of the dying days of the Roman Republic. Perhaps he just isn't as interested in Julius Caesar and his gang as he was in Pompey or Cataline or Cicero. Or maybe he's just done Rome to death. Either way, leave this book and read Rubicon or Catalina's Riddle or Roman Blood instead.
Aug 28, 2008 Wendy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: murder mystery devotees
I was first introduced to this series by the Latin teacher at my daughters' high school. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction, or murder mysteries in an unusual environ, will love the entire series. It melds history with fiction in a most enjoyable manner. You don't have to read the series in order, but you will want to go back to the beginning to follow Gordianus the Finder and his eclectic family. You may even find yourself wanting to enroll in an Ancient Rome history class.
Eric Hines
I'd have to disagree with the reviewers who've written that this series continues on as strong as ever. It's still good, and there's plenty to keep the reader's interest, and Saylor provides plenty of historical tidbits . . . but there's a wistfulness and a . . . lack of direction/impetus in this book that has the air of epilogue to it. In some ways this suits the aging Gordianus and the dying Republic we find in the book. But this is not a high point in the series.
Megan Demoss
As an ancient history buff and classicist wannabe, I have really enjoyed Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series. I didn't like this one as much as some of the others, but that may be because I missed a couple of the books between this one and the last one in the series. There were things going on that I didn't fully "get." Still, it was a fun mystery and as always I loved getting an inside peek at the early Empire. *Such* a fascinating time period.
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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 classi...more
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