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Roman Blood by Steven Saylor
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Jul 10, 10

bookshelves: mystery, ye-olde-required-reading, roman-empire, historical-mystery
Read in January, 1995

I had to read this one for my Roman History class in college, and while it was ok, I didn't get a sense of Rome, its political atmosphere, and what made it tick anywhere near to what Colleen McCullough manages to do in her Masters of Rome series. Despite the professor's insistence that this book was more "accurate" wrt to Cataline's conspiracy and the portrayal of Cicero, the writing was pretty dry and uninvolving. I'm not big into mysteries anyway, so my enjoyment suffered from Genre Apathy, Required Reading, Comparison To A Great Book, and Professorial Hype (she knew Saylor, a habit which made me leery of one's opinion then and now).
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