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A Mist of Prophecies: A Novel of Ancient Rome

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In the year 48 B.C., Rome is in the midst of Civil War. As Pompey and Julius Caesar fight for control of the Republic, Rome itself becomes a hotbed of intrigue, riven by espionage, greedy profiteering, and bitter betrayals...

A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra — like her Trojan namesake — was reputed to possess the gift of prophecy. For such a gift there are many in Rome who would pay handsomely...or resort to murder.

Obsessed with Cassandra and her mystery, Gordianus begins to investigate her murder. As he gradually peels away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death, he discovers a web of conspiracy linking many of the city's most ruthless and powerful women. Now Gordianus's pursuit of the truth not only endangers his own life, but could change the future of Rome itself...

Review:

"It would be impossible to imagine a more stellar lineup of suspects in all imperial Rome." Kirkus Reviews

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"Vivid and robust...exquisite detail and powerful drama." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

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"One of the best mystery series being published today...A pitch-perfect work...gripping prose." Austin Chronicle

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"A gritty depiction of the underbelly of the great city in its heyday. The secret history of Rome has never been so fascinating." Maxim Jakubowski, The Guardian (London)

Review:

"A chilling mystery." Booklist

Review:

"Intriguing both as a mystery and as a historical novel...recommended." Library Journal

Synopsis:

In the year 48 B.C., Rome is in the midst of Civil War. As Pompey and Julius Caesar fight for control of the Republic, Rome itself becomes a hotbed of intrigue, riven by espionage, greedy profiteering, and bitter betrayals...

A MIST OF PROPHECIES

A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra--like her Trojan namesake-was reputed to possess the gift of prophecy. For such a gift there are many in Rome who would pay handsomely. . . or resort to murder.

Obsessed with Cassandra and her mystery, Gordianus begins to investigate her murder. As he gradually peels away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death, he discovers a web of conspiracy linking many of the city's most ruthless and powerful women. Now Gordianus's pursuit of the truth not only endangers his own life, but could change the future of Rome itself. . .

"Vivid and robust...exquisite detail and powerful drama."

--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Steven Saylor has had a lifelong fascination with ancient Rome, from the drive-in movies of his boyhood (Cleopatra, Spartacus, Ben Hur), to his degree in history from the University of Texas, and through his appearances on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He is the author of the Roma Sub Rosa series as well as A Twist at the End, a historical novel set in 19th century Texas. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312983772
Subtitle:
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author:
Saylor, Steven
Author:
Saylor, Steven W.
Publisher:
Minotaur Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Women prophets
Subject:
Gordianus the Finder
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
First
Series Volume:
9
Publication Date:
20030518
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.79x4.20x.82 in. .30 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages St. Martin's Minotaur - English 9780312983772 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It would be impossible to imagine a more stellar lineup of suspects in all imperial Rome."
"Review" by , "Vivid and robust...exquisite detail and powerful drama."
"Review" by , "Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field."
"Review" by , "One of the best mystery series being published today...A pitch-perfect work...gripping prose."
"Review" by , "A gritty depiction of the underbelly of the great city in its heyday. The secret history of Rome has never been so fascinating."
"Review" by , "A chilling mystery."
"Review" by , "Intriguing both as a mystery and as a historical novel...recommended."
"Synopsis" by ,
In the year 48 B.C., Rome is in the midst of Civil War. As Pompey and Julius Caesar fight for control of the Republic, Rome itself becomes a hotbed of intrigue, riven by espionage, greedy profiteering, and bitter betrayals...

A MIST OF PROPHECIES

A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra--like her Trojan namesake-was reputed to possess the gift of prophecy. For such a gift there are many in Rome who would pay handsomely. . . or resort to murder.

Obsessed with Cassandra and her mystery, Gordianus begins to investigate her murder. As he gradually peels away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death, he discovers a web of conspiracy linking many of the city's most ruthless and powerful women. Now Gordianus's pursuit of the truth not only endangers his own life, but could change the future of Rome itself. . .

"Vivid and robust...exquisite detail and powerful drama."

--Philadelphia Inquirer

"Saylor shows once again why fans of ancient historicals regard him as the leader of the field."

--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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