Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub

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Summary Û Catilina's Riddle º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Using scholarly historical insight and evocative storytelling that brings to life the glories of ancient Rome Steven Saylor takes the reader from the bloody lines of clashing Roman armies to the backrooms of the Senate floor where power hungry politicians wrestle the Fates for control of Rome's destiny With the consular election drawing near Rome is fiercely divided between the conservative C. This is the longest densest and oddest of the Roma Sub Rosa series It contains relatively little dialog much introspection on the nature of Roman politics and Roman virtue detailed accounts of the processes of Roman government and legal life voting debate in the senate the extremely detailed and obscure campaign laws coming of age ceremonies process and applications of augury etc and Hamlet like vaccilation over whether Gorianus as pater familias is doing the right thing by his family and raising his son Meto properlyWhat Catalina s Riddle doesn t contain however is a mystery Technically there is one across 500 pages we have three bodies left on Gordianus farm clearly intended as a threat of some sort It gets mentioned every few chapters Gordianus doesn t do any actual finding his word for what we d call detecting until the last few pages of the book after the real story is overThe real story in the book is the Cataline Conspiracy It s one of the most famous fascinating and important events in all Roman history One can even make a clear argument that it s the no turning back point in the collapse of the Republic Plus it has some of the most wonderful muck raking in history Cicero s nasty hyperbole about the co conspirators gathering to drink blood plotting to kill people in the night to incite revolution killing husbands to seduce wives and extract their money etc is matched only by Cicero s peacock proud parading of himself as the only true servant of RomeIf you want a readable account of the conspiracy Sayler has never been a Cicero apologist so expect a sympathetic view of Catalina s motives if not his actions a good account of details of Roman life including some harsh observations on the Roman ideal of country living some good observations on Roman morals and a great time with the Gordianus family it s a great book The history lessons are a bit excessive but never go on too long The navel gazing gets a bit much at times but that has always been a trait of the character There isn t nearly enough Bethesda although we get a lot of just of age Meto and his trying to find his own way in the world being unsuited to following in his father s and Eco s footsteps and his family not understanding what he truly wants to doIf you only want the mystery skip to the next book It makes what happened clear enough you really just need to know where Meto wound up and that s abundantly clear when you need to know it But be warned from this point on the series gets political and introspective The action level does pick up a lot though

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Summary Û Catilina's Riddle º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Aught in a cloak and dagger political struggle for the fate of the Republic Gordianus finds himself strangely drawn to the controversial candidate Is Catilina really a subversive renegade or are Cicero suspicions part of an even greater conspiracy When a headless corpse ominously appears on his farm Gordianus knows he must unlock the secret of Catilina's Riddle before Rome tears herself apart. Gordianus calls himself the Finder We would call him a gumsandal He helps politicians uncover scandal about their opponents he helps advocates collect evidence of an enemy s crimes but he is discouraged that he seems no longer able to serve truth and justice Rome has become a city of corruption and evil Fortunately he has inherited a lovely farm in the country with an adeuate supply of slaves to run it Such is the setting for Catalina s Riddle Gordianus has forsaken Rome with its corrupt politics When his loyalty to Cicero is appealed to ostensibly by one of Cicero s henchmen who insists that the Finder s assistance is needed to keep tabs on Catilina s nefarious intentions Gordianus refuses only to discover a headless corpse in his barn a few days later How could the body have been placed there without the knowledge of his family or slaves He calls on his son Eco from Rome for assistance Eco has his father s uncanny ability to observe the smallest details Soon Catilina shows up at Gordianus farm allegedly for rest and relaxation but he exhibits extraordinary interest in an old silver mine filled to overflowing with the skeletons of slaves who had been murdered when the mine was shut down The mine also happens to be located on Gnaeius Claudius property next to Gordianus farm and the Claudius family are still enraged that their ancestor should have left property to Gordianus that they felt should have rightly gone to them Gordianus travels to Rome for his son Meto s coming of age he will become a full citizen with the right to wear the toga It also happens to be the time of the election and Saylor treats us to a vivid account of how Roman elections were conducted But Gordianus has a problem Marcus Caelius who claims to be Cicero s secret agent pretending to work for Catilina but his actions betray a sincere attachment to Catilina woos him Who is he really working for Saylor integrates some of the actual speeches delivered by Cicero before the Senate into the story The historical record is mostly antagonistic to Catilina Saylor s tale is much ambiguousA very good mystery in a fascinating setting

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Summary Û Catilina's Riddle º PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Icero and the tempestuous Catilina whose followers are rud to be plotting a blood thirsty siege for power if their leader fails to win officeGordianus the Finder retired to his Etruscan farm is happy to be free of the intrigue and danger of the capital but when his old friend Cicero enlists the Finder in an elaborate plot to control Catilina Gordianus is drawn back into a familiar world Now c. I accidentally read this one before Arms of Nemesis but thankfully the stories don t follow each other so closely that I was confused reading book 3 without having read 2 I love Stephen Saylor s Roma Sub Rosa books for the completely opposite reason that I love the Brother Cafael mysteries Brother Cadfael books are a light fun mystery with just enough of a solid historical setting to make them really interesting to me but never enough history to slow down the story The Roma Sub Rosa books are a solid substantive historical fiction novel with enough mystery and intrigue to keep them fun and light I enjoyed learning about Catilina s rebellion and as in Roman Blood I found Saylor s depiction of Cicero to be fascinating and multi faceted


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    Free download Catilina's Riddle Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub This fourth in the Roma Sub Rosa series is nominally a murder mystery but it's one of the best pieces of historical fiction I think I've ever read It's certainly the best so far in this series As Catalina and Cicero scheme and plot against one another in ancient Rome they both use Gordianus the Finder now uncomfortably retired as a pawn in their political games A murder mystery also hangs over Gordianus as well why do

  2. says: Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor Free download Catilina's Riddle

    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review This is the longest densest and oddest of the Roma Sub Rosa series It contains relatively little dialog much introspection on the nature of Roman politics and Roman virtue detailed accounts of the processes of Roman governm

  3. says: Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review

    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Another great story telling of Ancient Rome This one is about the politics surrounding the Catiline conspiracy bu

  4. says: Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor

    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub I accidentally read this one before Arms of Nemesis but thankfully the stories don't follow each other so closely that I was confused reading book #3 without having read #2 I love Stephen Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa books for the completely opposite reason that I love the Brother Cafael mysteries Brother Cadfael books are a light fun mystery with just enough of a solid historical setting to make them really interesting to m

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    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Here's the thing If you're reading something that purports to be a mystery then you want it to be a bit mysterious

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    Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor Free download Catilina's Riddle Not a bad book but I had expected a little bit from this I love this series precisely because it is a detective series in ancient Rome which was sadly enough all absent from this book It's situated mostly on a farm outside of Rome with a lot of talk about farming and other agrarian stuff as a conseuence and there is barely any detec

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    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review Free download Catilina's Riddle Gordianus the Finder a sort of PI operating in ancient Rome has grown disenchanted by the city and moves to a farm left to him by a benefactor Of course once you're in the life you never get all the way out as Gordianus discovers when he is asked to give Catalina lodging for secret meetings As night follows day G

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    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub If the previous two novels in the Gordianus the Finder series have given you expectations of another interesting mystery set in a vividly imagined ancient Rome based on real maps and stories or its conuered cities well this one has reversed the order of what the previous plots stress 'Catilina's Riddle' is a lot of anci

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    Free download Catilina's Riddle Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor Steven Saylor ✓ 0 Review Gordianus calls himself the Finder We would call him a gumsandal He helps politicians uncover scandal about the

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    Catilina's Riddle E–book/E–pub Characters ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ✓ Steven Saylor Free download Catilina's Riddle Saylor's first Roma Sub Rosa novel was a loving portrait of ancient Rome wrapped in a mystery plot The second was a conventional work of genre fiction His third does away with mystery novel conventions almost entirely to deliver a sprawling picture of rural life along with a deeply challenging and intriguing cha

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