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A Murder on the Appian Way par [Saylor, Steven]
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This is the fifth in Steven Saylor's "Roma Sub Rosa" series: murder mysteries set in classical Rome just before the fall of the Empire. Once again, Saylor's sleuth is Gordoianus the Finder, a sort of Sam Spade in a toga, who is hired by the rich and infamous of Roman society to solve their personal and political troubles. This time the powerful politician Publius Clodius is murdered on an open road and as riots break out, the fate of the Republic is in doubt. The plotting is deft and the action -- both physical and intellectual -- is nonstop. Most of the characters here are heterosexual but Saylor (who also writes great erotica under the name Aaron Travis) brings a critical gay sensibility to his tales that forms the cultural and emotional crux of his work.

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Turmoil strikes Rome in A.D. 52 in this stand-out novel by the author of The Venus Throw. Once again, Gordianus the Finder is put in the delicate position of having to solve a crime and keep his own counsel amid the scheming and duplicitous rulers of Rome. Publius Clodius, a powerful populist politician with an unsavory personal life, is murdered while traveling on the Appian Way. The prime suspect is Clodius's arch rival, patrician Titus Milo, and the repercussions are many-for the state, the judicial system and the military. Gordianus is brought into the case by his neighbor, Cicero, who is defending Milo and needs a bit of discreet detective work. Gordianus doesn't have much use for "lawyers," especially not for the silver-tongued Cicero, whose motives he distrusts, but the case is too intriguing to turn down. An unusual and morally sturdy character, Gordianus is honest without being sanctimonious, a savvy observer of the political scene who never loses his integrity. He's also a clear and faithful narrator. Soon, he finds himself dealing with the likes of Pompey, Caesar and Mark Antony as he unravels the complicated threads of the crime. Meanwhile, Rome is burning as Clodius's followers riot to avenge their murdered leader. The suspense never lags as Saylor spins a sophisticated political thriller that also brings his readers up to speed on their Roman history.
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Gordianus the Finder has a reputation for being beholden to no one, which makes him the perfect go-between among the factions struggling for power in Rome of the first century B.C. in 'A Murder on the Appian Way,' the fifth in the series by Steven Saylor.

It was the early spring of 52 B.C., and Rome explodes in riots when a popular leader, Publius Clodius, is found murdered on the famous road his ancestors built. Rumors fly that Clodius died during a clash with the bodyguards of a rival politician, and Clodius' allies in response burn the Senate and demand justice. Amidst the rioting, Gordianus is hired by both the dead man's family and none other than Pompey the Great to discover the truth.

Saylor takes his time developing his story, which allows the reader to tour Rome with Gordianus as his guide. We get to walk with bodyguards streets that take meanness to another level, take part in public forums in which politicians manipulate the feelings of the masses (no surprise there), and even travel the countryside to visit Julius Caesar. 'A Murder on the Appian Way' is based on actual events. The murder of Clodius, Saylor points out in an appendix, had great ramifications for the republic. The inability of Rome to deal with the crisis indicated a power vacuum that both Caesar and Pompey attempted to fill, and the result was a civil war which aided the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. But to the reader, the story's the thing, and Saylor's accomplished mystery is wrapped around an ancient world that, to the imaginative mind at least, could easily look like home, and that's a worthy accomplishment for the historical writer..
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I was ready to throw in the towel but now will read some more. 28 mai 2017
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This entry has made me change my mind about continuing the series. I was ready to throw in the towel but now will read some more. Once again the Finder is drawn into the well documented murder trial from Ancient Rome. This time though there was more drama less a retelling of history. Perhaps this is because so many of the details are conflicting in the various accounts. I also really enjoyed the events on the home front. I miss Meto in our short glimpses of him and hope as the series moves towards Caesar that Meto gets more of a role in the family side of things.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A murder mystery in Republican Rome! 28 juin 2010
Par Roger J. Buffington - Publié sur
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"Murder on the Appian Way" is another installment in Steven Saylor's excellent "Gordianus the Finder" series of stories set in the latter days of Republican Rome. Here, Gordianus is commissioned by Marcus Tullius Cicero, who is acting as defense counsel, to investigate the murder of Clodius, who was killed in his caravan on the Appian Way. As with most of the "Gordianus the Finder" novels, the story proceeds at a leisurely pace, because the real purpose of the novel is to give the reader an understanding of life in ancient Rome. Saylor succeeds brilliantly.

Saylor reminds us that Republican Rome had no police force. Thus, if an unruly mob erupted there was no civic force available to control it. So corrupt was Rome that everyone knew that a police force would simply sell out to the highest bidder. Similarly, Roman justice was hopelessly corrupt, with jury verdicts only incidentally concerned with the actual truth of the matter. This makes Gordianus' and Cicero's jobs that much more difficult.

In common with the entire Gordianus series of novels, this one is entertaining and also good history. Highly recommended. RJB.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Manipulating the Mob 1 avril 2008
Par Opa Wayne - Publié sur
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Murder on the Appian Way is a study in crowd psychology. The Novel begins with a riot in Rome, apparently caused by the assassination of one of the citizens favorites, Publius Clodius. The climate is tense as Rome is divided into two crowds; One mob supports the radical views of Clodius who pushed for more rights and privileges for the average citizen - especially the poor. The other gang supports a colleague of Cicero, Titus Annius Milo, who fights for the traditional ways which appeal to the upper classes. Both groups are populated with packs of tough young men who functioned to fight and plunder members of the opposing group. The riots eventually lead to Roman officials taking strong actions to enforce peace.

Gordianus is hired by Pompey, who insists on being called the "great one". Pompey takes control of Rome and decides to investigate the death of Clodius so peace may be restored. Additionally, Gordianus is hired by Clodius's window, Fulvia and Clodius's sister Clodia.

The relatives of Clodius charge Milo with the crime and a trial is planned with Cicero scheduled to defend Milo. The preparations for the trial lead to much strife and conflict.
Gordianus insists on finding the truth. His search for the facts, leads through many twists and turns, and finally leads to unexpected results.

For me, the clear detailed descriptions and three dimensional characters transform this book from a good detective story to a polished novel. I felt the trepidation of confronting a blood thirsty riot. I experienced outrage when marauding crowds threatened homes and families. I sympathized with the loss of close friends. Murder on the Appian Way is well worth reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Forest Gump of Ancient Rome 30 juillet 2005
Par krebsman - Publié sur
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
This volume of Steven Saylor's Roman mysteries continues the high standards of the others. For me, it took a while for the actual mystery to get off the ground, but I found the last quarter rather suspenseful. What I love most about these books is the depiction of how people in the Roman Republic carried on the ordinary business of living from day to day. Saylor's descriptive powers get better and better. Parts of this book are almost poetic. While the major peg of the story concerns the murder of Publius Clodius on the Appian Way, there are a couple of interesting themes in this book. One concerns the relationship between masters and slaves. One of Gordianus's slaves dies in this book, but he gains three more before the book is over. The slaves and former slaves of all the major players figure into the story. The book also concerns the relationship between fathers and daughters. Gordianus's daughter Diana is a teenager now with a strong libido. (Am I the only person who finds Diana disturbing?) In contrast, Senator Tedius's daughter leads a nun-like life of devotion to her father. Several characters from the previous volume return--not only Clodius and his exotically beautiful sister Clodia, but Cicero and Tiro as well. (I do hope that this is the last we've seen of Cicero, though. He always bogs down the plot.) Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and Pompey also put in appearances. (Gordianus is sort of the Forest Gump of Ancient Rome.)

This is a very entertaining book with several comical observations. I laughed out loud on at least one occasion. It's not as sexy as some of the previous volumes, but in many ways it has more heart. There were a couple of places where my eyes misted up. This is a worthy addition to an outstanding series. I'm looking forward to the next volume, RUBICON.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Series that Gets Better with Each Installment 20 décembre 2008
Par Bookworm Plus - Publié sur
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I started with the first volume of Steven Saylor's sub rosa series and after Murder on the Appian Way, I have to say that each one is better than the last. This is just as much historical fiction as a mystery series. Besides interesting plots and characters, in Murder on the Appian Way Saylor takes us on a tour of ancient Rome as it might have been. We witness an urban riot, go on a guided tour of the Appian Way in which we visit villas, inns, and temples, experience adventures with Rome's most unsavory characters, and also meet such historical characters as Julius Caesar, Pompey, Cicero, Marc Antony, and many others. I am a Roman history buff which is likely part of the reason why I enjoyed this book so much. Familiarity with the institutions, historical stream, and personalities heightened my understanding and enjoyment. For me, this is a slam dunk 5 Star review.
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