Roma Sub Rosa

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Roma Sub Rosa
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A paperback version of the first book in the series, Roman Blood.
Author Steven Saylor
Country United States
Language English
Genre Detective, Historical fiction
Publisher St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books
Publication date
1991 
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback) and
audiobook

Roma Sub Rosa is the title of the series of historical mystery novels by Steven Saylor set in ancient Rome and populated by noteworthy denizens thereof. [1] The phrase "Roma Sub Rosa" means, in Latin, "Rome under the rose". If a matter was sub rosa , "under the rose", it meant that such matter was confidential.

Contents

The detective is known as Gordianus the Finder, and he mixes with non-fictional citizens of the Republic including Sulla, Cicero, Marcus Crassus, Catilina, Catullus, Pompey, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony.

Characters

For an ancient Roman, Gordianus has an unconventional family:

Titles

While the books were written in a different order, they are listed below in chronological order:

  1. The Seven Wonders (2012) — 92-90 BC: The young Gordianus travels to see the Wonders of the Ancient World.
  2. "Ill Seen in Tyre" (2014), in the cross-genre anthology Rogues , edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, set in 91 BC just before the Epilogue of The Seven Wonders
  3. Raiders of the Nile (2014) — 88 BC: The young Gordianus must travel into the Nile Delta to find a gang of bandits.
  4. Wrath of the Furies (2015) — 88 BC: Gordianus travels to Ephesus during Mithridates' war against Rome
  5. Roman Blood (1991) — 80 BC: Gordianus investigates a murder case for the famous lawyer Cicero.
  6. The House of the Vestals (1997) — 80-72 BC : Short stories.
  7. A Gladiator Dies Only Once (2005) — 77-64 BC: Short stories.
  8. Arms of Nemesis (1992) — 72 BC : Gordianus tries to save the lives of 99 slaves, while Spartacus threatens Rome.
  9. Catilina's Riddle (1993) — 63 BC: Gordianus is embroiled in the Catiline conspiracy.
  10. The Venus Throw (1995) — 56 BC: Gordianus tries to discover who murdered an Egyptian diplomat.
  11. A Murder on the Appian Way (1996) — 52 BC: Gordianus investigates the death of Publius Clodius Pulcher.
  12. Rubicon (1999) — 49 BC: Gordianus investigates a murder close to home as Rome nears civil war.
  13. Last Seen in Massilia (2000) — 49 BC: Gordianus looks for his son Meto in the city of Massilia as it is besieged by the army of Caesar.
  14. A Mist of Prophecies (2002) — 48 BC: Gordianus searches for the killer of a seeress.
  15. The Judgment of Caesar (2004) — 48 BC: Gordianus travels to Egypt in an attempt to find a cure for his wife's illness.
  16. The Triumph of Caesar (2008) — 46 BC: Gordianus investigates a conspiracy to murder Caesar.
  17. The Throne of Caesar (2018) - 44 BC: the Ides of March and the conclusion of the series.

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<i>Raiders of the Nile</i>

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<i>Wrath of the Furies</i>

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References

  1. Craine, Debra (March 3, 2018). "Review: The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor — it's toga and out for a great Roman sleuth". The Times UK. Retrieved 24 December 2020.