The Judgement of Caesar : A Mystery of Ancient Rome, Paperback

The Judgement of Caesar : A Mystery of Ancient Rome Paperback

Part of the Roma Sub Rosa series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


It is 48 BC.For years now the rival Roman generals Caesar and Pompey have engaged in a contest for world domination.

Both now turn to Egypt, Pompey planning a last stand on the banks of the Nile, while Caesar's legendary encounter with the Egyptian queen will spark a romance that reverberates down the centuries.

But Egypt itself is torn apart by the murderous rivalry between the goddess-queen and her brother King Ptolemy. Into this hothouse atmosphere of intrigue and deception comes Gordianus the Finder, innocently seeking a cure for his wife Bethesda in the sacred waters of the Nile.

But soon he finds himself engaged in an even more desperate pursuit - to prove the innocence of his son, who stands accused of murder.

The judgement of Caesar will determine the fate of Gordianus's son; the choice Caesar makes between Cleopatra and Ptolemy will determine the future of the world.

Saylor presents a bold new vision of Caesar and Cleopatra, amid bloodshed and battle, in a setting of Egyptian mystery.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781841199221



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This is the 11th in the Gordianus series and a welcome return for me over two years after reading the previous one. This is set entirely in Alexandria in Egypt which Gordianus is visiting as his wife Bethesda wants to bathe in the Nile to cure herself of a wasting sickness. Gordianus manages to be present at many key historical events such as the murder of Pompey, the unveiling of his head in the presence of Caesar and Cleopatra's smuggling herself into Caesar's presence in the famous rolled up carpet. The whodunnit aspect only takes up the final third of the book. There are a couple of key dramatic developments in Gordianus's family life that I won't give spoilers for here, but they are as eclectic and as likeable a group of characters as ever. I really enjoyed this one and there will definitely be a much shorter gap between this and my reading the next one.

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Interesting insertion of our friend Gordianus into the confrontation between Caesar, Pompey, and the two Ptolemies, Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy, in Egypt. A difference from most earlier novelists, the brother is portrayed as intelligent and capable (the Ptolemy of Shaw comes to mind). <br/><br/>An assassination attempt is made on Caesar, death by poisoning. Gordianus' son is at first blamed and faces death, however, the Finder proves his son's innocence. This takes place against the machinations between the surviving three key players. The end result, Ptolemy dies, Cleopatra (pregnant) rules Egypt, and Caesar heads to the province of Africa to crush the annoying Cato and the surviving Roman trouble makers.<br/><br/>A curious end to the novel. Gordianus is apparently a spirit, in the afterlife with his deceased wife. Though I am not entirely sure just what the matter is intended to be. Perhaps this is a "happy ending" to the series.

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