The Triumph of Caesar (Roma Sub Rosa #12)
The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion â€“ Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Romeâ€™s legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as Dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made King â€“ the first such that Rome ha
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
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
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
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 ...more
In the beginning of the story, Gordianus has returned to Rome ...more
Here Gordianus uncovers, just in the nick (literally) of time, a plot to assassinate Caesar, and manages to save the Dictator ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
On the plus side, the style of writing was succinct but still managed to pack large am ...more
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
Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and class ...more