The Triumph of Caesar Paperback
Part of the Roma Sub Rosa series
The new novel from the internatinal bestselling author of Roma, is set against the background of Caesar's stupendous quadruple triumphs in Rome in 46 BC, full of colour and spectacle.
Having obliterated the opposition, Caesar is now dictator for life.
In the upcoming celebrations, Vercingetorix the Gaul is scheduled to be executed, as is Arsinoe, the sister of Cleopatra...and Cleopatra herself is in Rome on a state visit, trying to convince Caesar to acknowledge their son as his heir.
Marc Antony and Caesar are at odds; Cicero is making a fool of himself with a new teenage bride; and Caesar's wife Calpurnia, having fallen under the spell of an Etruscan soothsayer, is convinced of a plot on her husband's life.
Murder and intrigue again draw Gordianus into the vortex of history.
Praise for Stephen Saylor 'Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome.' Sunday Times 'Saylor's gifts include authentic historical and topographical backgrounds and...sombre themes set off the brilliant scenery and clever plotting.' Times Literary Supplement 'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.'Ruth Rendell 'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched...this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post 'Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.' Boston Globe
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 26/03/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9781845298999
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Review by john257hopper
This appears to be the final Gordianus novel in terms of the character's chronology (though the author has written a prequel set in the Finder's youth published this year). Back in Rome after the previous novel's Alexandrian setting, this centres around Caesar's triumphal processions to celebrate his victories in Gaul, Egypt, Asia and Africa. It is as usual full of dramatic Roman imagery, though I didn't find the plot and the killer's motive convincing. The action of the novel concludes with Caesar poised on the brink of supreme power, having vanquished every conceivable enemy at home and abroad. This is probably an appropriate juncture to end the series, if indeed it is the end (I hope it isn't, though the character is now in his mid 60s); but this is probably one of the weaker books in the series, so not a great ending in that sense and I didn't enjoy this anywhere near as much as The Judgement of Caesar. 3.5/5.
Review by cajela
Stephen Saylor is totally back on form with this new Gordianus mystery, after the potboiler Roma. It's 46BC, and Calpurnia summons Gordianus to investigate, when she suspects a plot on Caesar's life. Caesar's triumphs are being celebrated, Cleopatra is in town, Vercingetorix is due for execution. It's dead centre of the great 1st century BC turmoil of Roman history, as the republic slowly falls. Saylor is a historian and really knows his stuff. He doesn't whitewash the bloodiness of the period, or hero-worship Caesar. It's a fascinating read, like all the others in the series. They do stand on their own - you don't have to read earlier ones, though I recommend you do!