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Steven Saylor

Author of Roman Blood

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About the Author

Steven Saylor (born March 23, 1956) is an American author of historical novels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. Although he also has written novels about Texas history, Saylor's best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa series, set in ancient show more Rome. The novels' hero is a detective named Gordianus the Finder, active during the time of Sulla, Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra. He divides his time residing in California and texas. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Steven Saylor

Roman Blood (1991) 1,542 copies, 42 reviews
Roma (2007) 1,218 copies, 64 reviews
Arms of Nemesis (1992) 997 copies, 27 reviews
Catilina's Riddle (1993) 965 copies, 22 reviews
The Venus Throw (1995) 876 copies, 21 reviews
A Murder on the Appian Way (1996) 852 copies, 16 reviews
The House of the Vestals (1997) 724 copies, 16 reviews
Rubicon (1999) 720 copies, 15 reviews
The Judgment of Caesar (2004) 657 copies, 21 reviews
Last Seen in Massilia (2000) 651 copies, 13 reviews
A Mist of Prophecies (2002) 616 copies, 17 reviews
The Triumph of Caesar (2008) 537 copies, 18 reviews
A Gladiator Dies Only Once (2005) 487 copies, 12 reviews
Empire (2010) 448 copies, 27 reviews
The Seven Wonders (2012) 308 copies, 19 reviews
A Twist at the End (2000) 211 copies, 2 reviews
Raiders of the Nile (2014) 207 copies, 11 reviews
Wrath of the Furies (2015) 145 copies, 6 reviews
The Throne of Caesar (2018) 117 copies, 9 reviews
Slaves of the Empire (1992) 76 copies, 1 review
Dominus: A Novel of the Roman Empire (2021) 62 copies, 7 reviews
Have You Seen Dawn? (2003) 46 copies
The Flesh Fables (1990) 22 copies, 1 review
In the Blood (1995) 17 copies
Exposed (1993) 17 copies
The Best of the Badboys (1995) — Contributor — 17 copies, 1 review
Beast of Burden (1993) 15 copies, 1 review
Big Shots (1993) 13 copies
Military Discipline (2012) 4 copies
Slave (2012) 2 copies
Wild West (2012) 2 copies
The Consul's Wife {short story} (2000) 2 copies, 1 review
Insecticide (2021) 2 copies
Styx and Stones (2011) 2 copies
Crown of Thorns (2012) 1 copy
Pompeii | A Gladiator Dies Only Once (2003) 1 copy, 1 review
The Lemures 1 copy

Associated Works

Rogues (2014) — Contributor — 1,316 copies, 50 reviews
Outlaw of Gor (1967) — Introduction, some editions — 680 copies, 12 reviews
Warriors (2010) — Contributor — 650 copies, 29 reviews
Down These Strange Streets (2011) — Contributor — 507 copies, 19 reviews
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology (1993) — Contributor — 287 copies
Hometowns: Gay Men Write About Where They Belong (1991) — Contributor — 259 copies
The Mammoth Book of Historical Detectives (1995) — Contributor — 224 copies, 3 reviews
Flesh and the Word: An Anthology of Erotic Writing (1992) — Contributor; Pseudonym — 196 copies, 1 review
Classical Whodunits (1996) — Contributor — 188 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of More Historical Whodunnits (2001) — Contributor — 147 copies, 1 review
Crime Through Time: Original Tales of Historical Mystery (1997) — Contributor — 129 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits (2003) — Introduction; Contributor — 126 copies, 3 reviews
Past Poisons (2005) — Contributor — 111 copies, 3 reviews
Flesh and the Word 2: An Anthology of Erotic Writing (1993) — Contributor — 109 copies, 2 reviews
Flesh and the Word 3: An Anthology of Erotic Writing (1995) — Contributor; Contributor — 102 copies
The Mammoth Book of Historical Crime Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 93 copies, 3 reviews
Crime Through Time III (2000) — Contributor — 80 copies, 2 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica (1997) — Contributor; Pseudonym — 74 copies
Flashpoint: Gay Male Sexual Writing (Richard Kasak Books) (1996) — Contributor — 69 copies
Murder for Halloween: Tales of Suspense (1994) — Contributor — 54 copies, 2 reviews
Mystery Cats 3: More Feline Felonies (1995) — Contributor — 49 copies
Homosex: Sixty Years of Gay Erotica (2007) — Contributor — 45 copies
Death Comes Easy: The Gay Times Book of Murder Stories (2003) — Contributor — 32 copies, 1 review
QSFx2: Queer Science Fiction (1995) — Introducation, some editions — 25 copies
Crème de la Crime (2000) — Contributor — 23 copies, 1 review
Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine - 2004/03-04 — Contributor — 2 copies
Götter, Sklaven und Orakel. Antike Mordgeschichten (2001) — Contributor — 2 copies

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Saylor, Steven
Legal name
Saylor, Steven
Other names
Travis, Aaron
Birthdate
1956-03-23
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Places of residence
Berkeley, California, USA
Austin, Texas, USA
Education
University of Texas, Austin (History ∙ Classics)
Occupations
novelist
Agent
Alan Nevins
Short biography
[from Raiders of the Nile]
Steven Saylor is the author of the acclaimed historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, including The Seven Wonders, as well as the internationally bestselling historical novels Empire and Roma. he has appeared on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

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Steven Saylor- Roma sub Rosa in Historical Mysteries (October 2007)

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The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor This was the story of Gordianus, who is just 17 and Antipater of Sidon, the world's "greatest poet" (a real historical personage), Gordianus' teacher. For reasons we don't find out until the last chapter, Antipater faked his own death and with Gordianus traveled to some ancient wonders, solving crimes along the way. The problem being for me, that several of the "mysteries" were based on Greek myths, of which I had no knowledge, so the intricate details of the crime and its subsequent resolution made no sense. I almost DNF'd this book, but I persevered. 321 pages… (more)
 
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Tess_W | 18 other reviews | Jun 5, 2024 |
This story is set at the death of the Roman Republic, and the start of the civil wars from which the Empire emerged. Saylor eschews political analysis or a detailed retelling of the major historical events. Instead he develops a storyline that does bring Gordianus in contact with the famous (Pompeius, Caesar, and Cicero) but still retains a personal and intimate character.

It is well done. Arguably that plot is somewhat contrived and implausible, and serves to create dramatic scenes far more than the puzzle of a whodunnit. As to the murder at the center of the personal story, it is fairly obvious who did it, if you think logically. Saylor as usual tries to hide the truth in plain sight. The resolution is too heart-wrenching to be entirely satisfactory, but fits the author’s development of a complex dynamic between Gordianus and Meto, which spans several books.

There are too many implausibilities to make this a great story, but it is a fun book if you have any interest in Roman history.
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EmmanuelGustin | 14 other reviews | Feb 10, 2024 |
Young Gordianus is sent on a tour of the Seven Wonders with his former tutor, the Greek poet Antipater. But Antipater fakes his death and is traveling under a false name. The pair meet adventures and mysteries at each stop, mysteries that Gordianus seems to have a talent for solving.
 
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ritaer | 18 other reviews | Jan 29, 2024 |
Imperio
Steven Saylor
Publicado: 2010 | 507 páginas
Novela Histórico
Serie: Las novelas de Roma #2

Steven Saylor retoma la historia donde la dejó en Roma novela de la que se han vendido más de 20.000 ejemplares. Las sucesivas generaciones de la familia Pinario vuelven a ser testigos y protagonistas de uno de los momentos más brillantes de la Antigüedad: el esplendor del mundo romano, desde el reinado de Augusto hasta la caída del Imperio. De esta manera, sufren en sus propias carnes las maquinaciones de Tiberio, la locura de Calígula y la decadencia de Nerón, y disfrutan de la era dorada de Trajano y Adriano. Sin ser ajenos a los momentos más dramáticos de la ciudad: el terrible incendio que la destruyó en el año 64, la persecución contra los cristianos llevada a cabo por Nerón o los sangrientos juegos de gladiadores en el Coliseo…… (more)
 
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libreriarofer | 26 other reviews | Nov 22, 2023 |

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