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The King's Gambit by John Maddox Roberts1
The Catiline Conspiracy by John Maddox Roberts2
The Sacrilege by John Maddox Roberts3
The Temple of the Muses by John Maddox Roberts4
The Statuette of Rhodes by John Maddox Roberts4.5
Saturnalia by John Maddox Roberts5
Nobody Loves a Centurion by John Maddox Roberts6
The Tribune's Curse by John Maddox Roberts7
Mightier than the sword [short story] by John Maddox Roberts7.5
The River God's Vengeance by John Maddox Roberts8
Crime Through Time II by Miriam Grace Monfredoshort story, "The Etruscan House"
The Etruscan House [short story] by John Maddox Roberts8.5
An Academic question [short story] by John Maddox Roberts8.8
The Princess and the Pirates by John Maddox Roberts9
A Point of Law by John Maddox Roberts10
Under Vesuvius by John Maddox Roberts11
Oracle of the Dead by John Maddox Roberts12
Beware The Snake by John Maddox Roberts12.5
The Year of Confusion by John Maddox Roberts13
Venus in pearls by John Maddox Roberts13.3
The Will [short story] by John Maddox Roberts13.5
The King of Sacrifices by John Maddox Roberts13.8
Nobody Loves a Centurion | The Tribune's Curse by John Maddox RobertsOmnibus 6-7

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Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is a member of a large and powerful noble plebeian family in Rome. He is something of a black sheep, especially in the eyes of his generally disapproving father, DCM the Elder. Born in the early 90s BCE (dates are a bit approximate), he lives through the turbulent years of the ending of the republic and into the age of Augustus.

The stories are written as memoirs towards the end of his long life. Cynical though he often is, Decius Caecilius also has a certain irrepressible cheer. He loves his position, his city and his comforts, but he is up to almost anything.

The series is discussed in "John Maddox Roberts and Steven Saylor: Detecting in the Final Decades of the Roman Republic" by Terrance L. Lewis in: The Detective as Historian ed. by Ray B. Browne and Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr. (Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University, 2000), pp. 22-31.

My apologies to people in cases where I have changed the name that you put in Common Knowledge, but some of these people were in under multiple names, e.g. four variations on Julia, the name of Decius's wife, and I have tried to combine them under a name that was correct yet distinctive.  I haven't decided what to do with her uncle, since most of the books in Librarything are under "Julius Caesar," which I think is wrong.

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How do series work?

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Works can belong to more than one series. In some cases, as with Chronicles of Narnia, disagreements about order necessitate the creation of more than one series.

Tip: If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (book 1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Also avoid publisher series, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works.


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