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Last Seen in Massilia par [Saylor, Steven]
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In this mystery set in Marseilles in 49 B.C., master detective Gordianus the Finder is on a personal quest to learn the truth about his missing son, Meto. Plunged into the midst of the bloody Roman civil war, the well-connected Gordianus and his son-in-law Davus survive adventure after adventure as they penetrate the Gaulic city Massilia, which is walled against Roman invasion. From the first pages, author Steven Saylor is on sure ground with his distinguished protagonist. Gordianus's careful, thoughtful musings are infused with real pathos as he seeks out information about the lost adoptive son whom, he has been informed, is dead. There is some speculation that Meto betrayed Caesar and that death was his punishment. Lacking a corpse, Gordianus cannot bring himself to believe that Meto is really dead.

Indeed, bonds between fathers and children--their betrayals, promises, and legacies--play a key role in the twisting plot of Last Seen in Massilia. Literally the title refers to Meto, but the motif extends to other key characters as well. Apollonides, the imperious ruler of Massilia, has a peculiar bond with his horribly deformed daughter. And the city's "scapegoat" Hieronymus lives out the legacy of his parents' illegal double suicide by being the human repositor of Massilia's collective sins. He is expected to hurl himself from Sacrifice Rock to appease vengeful gods.

Sacrifice Rock is central to the book, the site of a tussle between man and woman that ends, provocatively, in the woman's death. Was it suicide or murder? The three witnesses--Gordianus, Davus, and Hieronymus--are sharply divided on exactly what they saw. Gordianus pursues the truth of this mystery almost as a diversion from the more compelling mystery of his son's weird disappearance.

Fans of Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series, of which Last Seen in Massilia is the eighth installment, will be pleased by the author's consistent tone. Saylor has proven that he knows how to season a good plot with lively historical details, and this book is perhaps even more gratifying than previous installments. --Kathi Inman Berens

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In Saylor's latest and stellar historical (after Rubicon), the Roman world is still embroiled in civil war between rival generals Pompey and Julius Caesar. Caught in the morass of conflicting loyalties, Gordianus the Finder travels to the independent city-state of Massilia (present-day Marseilles) to investigate a rumor that his son, Meto, has been killed there. Gordianus finds Massilia under siege, but thanks to an odd stroke of luck that brings disaster to the besieging army, he's able to slip into the city. There he meets Hieronymus, whom the priests have selected as the scapegoat who will throw himself off the harbor's Sacrifice Rock to appease the gods and bring relief to the city. Gordianus later witnesses what looks like murder: a cloaked woman falls from Sacrifice Rock, perhaps assisted by a man dressed in the armor of a Massilian soldier. The leader of Massilia, Apollonides, promises to investigate, but when a Gaulish merchant named Arausio believes his daughter, Rindel, was the cloaked woman who fell, Gordianus begins his own queries. In the meantime, he continues to search for information about his missing son. Is Meto alive and playing some treacherous game on Caesar's behalf? Or did he die in an attempt to escape from Pompey's minions in Massilia? Saylor presents a vivid tableau of an ancient city under siege and an empire riven by internecine strife. Readers will impatiently long for the next book in what stands as one of today's finest historical mystery series. Author tour; U.K. rights sold. (Oct.)
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : C & R Crime; Édition : Re-issue (1 mars 2012)
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Marseille en 49 avant JC. César, en route pour l'Espagne afin d'en découdre avec Pompée, laisse une armée devant les portes de Marseille dont les dirigeants ont eu le mauvais goût de jurer fidélité a son concurrent. Après 500 ans d'indépendance farouche la ville va succomber au travail de sape des romains.
Très bien documenté. On y trouve une description assez précise de la disposition des lieux a cette époque. Cela donne envie d'en savoir plus sur le passé de cette ville cosmopolite (qui est la mienne !). L'auteur redonne vie a un tas de personnages qui autrement ne resteraient que des noms sans âme dans des manuels d'histoire lugubres. L'auteur insiste sur la forme assez originale de gouvernement dans cette ville (héritage des grecs) ainsi que sur certaines coutumes étranges...
A part ça, Gordianus devient impulsif avec l'age et n'hésite pas a donner la fessée a son plus jeune fils devant César lui-même. Il faut dire que Meto est plutôt du genre turbulent. Je doute que cela aide aux relations déjà bizarre entre le père et le fils adoptif.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great addition to the series! 1 août 2015
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I will start off by saying I love Steven Saylor's books. I have read every one of them, and Last Seen in Massilia is one of my favorites. It follows the continuing story of Gordianus the Finder and his dealings in the world of Rome at the height of the Republic. In this particular book Gordianus travels to the edges of the Empire is search of his adopted son. The story is a little different than the rest of the series because Gordianus is more of an observer trying to solve a mystery during an event, which, in this case, is the siege of Massilia, rather than being more directly involved in the event itself. Casual references are made to famous people from the era; however Gordianus never actually deals with them directly. As usual, the story is intriguing, and the casual way in which Saylor deals with the people and customs of ancient Rome is always educational and fun. I definitely recommend this book to fans of the series, but I would probably recommend Roman Blood or A Murder on the Appian Way as first-reads for those new to it, if only to better understand the characters.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Hated the ending but enjoyed the book. 27 mai 2017
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Hated the ending but enjoyed the book. Shorter than most entries in this series but action packed. Picks up months after Rubicon and follows Gordianus and Davus in search of Meto in more ways than one. The veiled figures were pretty easy to identify right off but that was not the point in this book, it was more a psychological unveiling that drove the book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Stephen Saylor's Roman World 6 mai 2012
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Stephen Saylor has done it again! I spent a delightful week in the streets of Massilia (modern-day Marseilles)as Caesar stormed the walls and alliances formed and disintegrated. No one does it like Stephen Saylor who has given me a sense of what it would have been like to travel, wage war and politics, and have a life in the ancient Roman Empire. As a reluctant teenaged Latin scholar, I learned enough of Rome to be curious. In Saylor's book, I meet the amenuensis of Caesar's Gallic Wars, which I was coerced into translating paragraph by painful paragraph. Now I wish I had paid more attention. Nevermind, because Saylor provides the background for politics and daily life.

Saylor is a Classics scholar who specialized in the Roman Empire and gets the details right. He has added a new dimension to my rambles through Roman ruins in Gallia, Brittania and Roma and has helped me to see ghosts on the old Roman roads in Morocco.

By the way, the plots are also interesting, so the books can be read on the level of a detective story with a a lot of side bits into ancient history. Gordianus is called "The Finder" because he has a talent for learning the truth about crimes committed in the ancient world. Last Seen in Massillia is an account of his search for his adopted son who went missing after a visit to Massillia. In the course of the search, Gordianus provides a bird's eye view of Rome's civil war from the walls of the besieged city.
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I always enjoy Stephen Saylor's books. This was no exception. Easy to read, always learn something, and always a good twist.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The complex nature of the story line and intriguing characters makes this one of the best of the Grodianus stories 7 mars 2016
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A mystery within a mystery. The complex nature of the story line and intriguing characters makes this one of the best of the Grodianus stories. This is a critical precusor to the remainder of the "Finder" series. Now that I have completed the final volume, The Triumph of Ceasar, I long for, at least, one more story with the 65-year-old as the death of Ceasar and the rise of Mark Anthony and Queen Cleopatra. I hope that Mr. Saylor can give the story line another "concluding" novel.
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