By Steven Saylor
Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa sequence of novels, set within the later Roman Republic and that includes Gordianus the Finder, has garnered strange acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, constructing him as one of many pre-eminent ancient secret writers. In A Gladiator Dies basically Once, the second one choice of his award-winning tales that includes Gordianus, Saylor greater than meets his personal excessive criteria. Set among the occasions of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, those formerly untold adventures from the early occupation of Gordianus - whilst his followed son, Eco, used to be nonetheless a mute boy and his spouse, Bethesda, was once yet his slave - will satisfaction Saylor's many lovers whereas illuminating information of the traditional global like no different author can.
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Well, then… where to begin? " "Diocles. " I nodded. " "I wouldn't know. I don't follow the sport. But I'm told that Diocles is quite famous. And rich, richer even than Roscius the actor. Scandalous, that racers and actors should be wealthier than senators nowadays. " I doubted that my own ancestors would be quite as upset as those of Decimus Brutus, but I nodded and tried to bring him back to the subject. "This Diocles…" "One of my wife's circle of friends. " "A suspicion, Consul? " He seemed to realize the irony of claiming his feeble eyesight as reliable witness, and sighed.
I saw a glimmer of sympathy in her eyes, and a look that chilled my blood. Such a pleasant fellow, her look seemed to say. What a pity it would be if one had to kill you! Sempronia rejoined her retinue, and I was shown to the door. By the time I reached the Circus Maximus, all Rome seemed to have poured into the long, narrow valley between the Palatine and Aventine Hills. I pushed through the crowds lined up at the food and bev-erage shops tucked under the stands, stepping on toes and dodging elbows until I came to the entrance I was looking for.
Read that part. " " 'The bookworm pokes his head outside tomorrow. Easy prey for the sparrow, but partridges go hungry. Bright-eyed Sappho says: Be suspicious! A dagger strikes faster than lightning. Better yet: an arrow. '" Lucius sat back and crossed his fleshy arms. " "I believe it's called a blind item; a bit of gossip conveyed in code. No proper names, only clues that are meaningless to the uninitiated. Given the mention of Venus, I imagine this particular item is about some illicit love affair.
A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder by Steven Saylor