The Throne of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome #16) (Hardcover)
"What a marvel!...Saylor's masterful storytelling puts you right there, wonderstruck and wide-eyed. Deliciously immersive, captivating entertainment from a justly celebrated writer." —Margaret George
In The Throne of Caesar, award-winning mystery author Steven Saylor turns to the most famous murder in history: It’s Rome, 44 B.C., and the Ides of March are approaching.
Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.
Gordianus the Finder, after decades of investigating crimes and murders involving the powerful, has been raised to Equestrian rank and has firmly and finally decided to retire. But on the morning of March 10th, he’s first summoned to meet with Cicero and then with Caesar himself. Both have the same request of Gordianus—keep your ear to the ground, ask around, and find out if there are any conspiracies against Caesar’s life. And Caesar has one other matter of vital importance to discuss. Gordianus’s adopted son Meto has long been one of Caesar’s closest confidants. To honor Meto, Caesar plans to bestow on Gordianus an honor which will change not only his life but the destiny of his entire family. It will happen when the Senate next convenes on the 15th of March.
Gordianus must dust off his old skills and see what plots against Julius Caesar, if any, he can uncover. But more than one conspiracy is afoot. The Ides of March is fast approaching and at least one murder is inevitable.
About the Author
Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
"Saylor's ease with the era – well-earned, after focusing on this period for more than 20 years – makes for a richly textured, lived-in vision of 44BC where both intrigue and home comforts abound." —Austin Chronicle
"Can a murder whose killers’ identities and motives are known in advance provide the basis for a gripping whodunit? Saylor answers that question with a definitive yes in his thrilling and moving (The Throne of Caesar)." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This elegant novel brings Saylor's much-loved Roma Sub Rosa series to a triumphant close, painting a vivid portrait of society, politics, and the arts during the Republic's dying days." —The Sunday Express (UK)
"Saylor, a scholarly American with a fine eye for authentic detail and a flair for plotting murder...embroiders his tale with much fascinating — and disturbing — conjecture. If you are new to Saylor, you are in for a treat, because the politics and personal lives of the late Roman republic make compulsively entertaining reading." —The Sunday Times (UK)
“Exciting and passionate, The Throne of Caesar paints a fresh picture of Rome on the Ides of March. Steven Saylor has written another page-turner of a mystery that, while wonderfully imaginative, is rooted in real events.” —Barry Strauss, Cornell University, author of The Death of Caesar: the Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination
"The Throne of Caesar is a fitting capstone to one of the most important series in mystery fiction. As always, Gordianus the Finder proves to be a shrewd and compassionate observer of the most tumultuous events in Roman history." —Gardner Dozois, editor of the New York Times bestselling Warriors
"A rip-roaring detective adventure for fans of Steven Saylor’s Roman intrepid hero Gordianus, who finds himself embedded in the inner circle of Julius Caesar himself, as destiny ticks." —Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King and Amazons
"Steven Saylor's remarkable writing in The Throne of Caesar is so rich in realistic detail that ancient Rome literally unfolds before your eyes. If anyone wants to understand Rome at the end of the Republic, there's no better fictional narrative. Like Mary Renault's magic with words, historical fiction tinged by legend or myth intertwined with known facts and archaeological verity just could not be more elegantly written than here with Saylor's astonishing grasp of Roman life." —Patrick Hunt, Ph. D., Stanford University, author of Hannibal
"Engrossing" —The Wall Street Journal on The Triumph of Caesar
"Superb" —The Globe and Mail (Toronto) on The Judgment of Caesar
"Compelling" —USA Today on Wrath of the Furies
"Exquisite" —The Philadelphia Enquirer on A Mist of Prophecies
“Saylor can be a compelling (and sometimes very funny) storyteller, with a striking talent for historical reconstruction…Half a century before imperial rule, Gordianus' Rome is a crumbling democracy; ideology is a dirty word; politicians struggle for naked power, not principles; hands are everywhere in the till; political debate is reduced to flashy spectacles and sound bites; only the forms of the democratic constitution still totter on. For all its complex oddities, Saylor is asking us to feel very much at home in Gordianus’ Rome.” —Mary Beard, author of SPQR, in the Times Literary Supplement