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The Judgment of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome) (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Steven Saylor

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Title:The Judgment of Caesar: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome)
Authors:Steven Saylor
Info:St. Martin's Minotaur (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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Tags:Historical Fiction, Crime, Rome, Gordianus the Finder

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Saylor's heroic sleuth journeys to the Nile and becomes embroiled in intrigue. Wonderfully well researched, this character-driven mystery is my very favorite by Saylor. With star-studded appearances by Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, the complicated politics of Egypt, and even battle scenes make this book writhe with truly vibrant life. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Bethesda is very ill and is feared to be dying. She asks to be taken back to Alexandria so she can bathe in the Nile. Gordianus agrees only to be caught up in the death of Pompey, the civil war in Egypt between Cleopatra VII and her brother Ptolemy XIII, and Caesar's Alexandrian war. In all the chaos, Meto, Gordianus's estranged son, is accused of attempting to poison either Cleopatra or Caesar. Gordianus attempts to clear his son's name before he is executed.

Saylor is back on form with this one. Enjoyable portrayals of the characters and their complex relationships. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 17, 2015 |
This historical mystery novel is so complex that I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading fiction. Saylor has a way of making history come alive in his books. This book in the Roma sub-Rosa series is set in Alexandria where Gordianus and his wife Bethesda have gone to seek a cure for Betheseda's illness. They end up getting caught in the battle between two siblings, Ptolemy and Cleopatra. Gordianus also gets caught up in court intrigue in the King's palace in Alexandria. This book is such compelling reading, that I found it hard to put it down. The historical happenings are accurate, but Saylor has built up such a story around these momentous events, that it felt like I was there for the huge battle for Alexandria near the end of the book. We see Caesar up close and personal too, and we see how he might have been when this actually all occurred. These characters are so real, that it is hard to believe that some of them were fictional. I cannot say enough about this series and about Saylor's writing, and I recommend that anyone who loves history should make this series mandatory reading. ( )
  Romonko | Mar 30, 2014 |
Good read, enjoyed it. Very immersive and seemed to carry a lot of the culture of the times. ( )
  Matt_B | Nov 25, 2013 |
Interesting insertion of our friend Gordianus into the confrontation between Caesar, Pompey, and the two Ptolemies, Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy, in Egypt. A difference from most earlier novelists, the brother is portrayed as intelligent and capable (the Ptolemy of Shaw comes to mind).

An assassination attempt is made on Caesar, death by poisoning. Gordianus' son is at first blamed and faces death, however, the Finder proves his son's innocence. This takes place against the machinations between the surviving three key players. The end result, Ptolemy dies, Cleopatra (pregnant) rules Egypt, and Caesar heads to the province of Africa to crush the annoying Cato and the surviving Roman trouble makers.

A curious end to the novel. Gordianus is apparently a spirit, in the afterlife with his deceased wife. Though I am not entirely sure just what the matter is intended to be. Perhaps this is a "happy ending" to the series. ( )
  Traveller1 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312932979, Mass Market Paperback)

In 48 B.C., Roman generals Caesar and Pompey have long engaged in a battle to rule the world. Now, as Pompey plots a reckless stand on the banks of the Nile, Gordianus the Finder-who has brought his wife Bethesda to the river seeking a cure for her in its sacred waters-finds himself suddenly at the heart of a series of treacherous and history-altering events.

While Caesar and Cleopatra embark on a legendary romance, Egypt remains ravaged by the brutal contest between the Queen and her brother King Ptolemy. Worst of all for Gordianus, his once-disowned son and Caesar's right-hand man, stands falsely accused of murder. Caesar's judgment will decide Meto's fate, and it is up to Gordianus to somehow overcome colossal malevolent forces to reveal the carefully obscured truth and spare his son's life.

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Heading to Egypt in search of a cure for the mysterious illness of his ailing wife, Bethesda, Gordianus the Finder arrives in a country torn by war and power struggles, a situation that worsens when Bethesda vanishes.

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