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SPQR II : the Catiline conspiracy (original 1991; edition 2001)

by John Maddox Roberts

Series: SPQR (2)

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It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees, but in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger was convinced a conspiracy existed to overthrow the government, a sinister cabal that could only be destroyed from within. But admission into the traitorous society of evil carried a grim price: the life of Decius's closest friend--and maybe his own.… (more)
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Title:SPQR II : the Catiline conspiracy
Authors:John Maddox Roberts
Info:New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2001.
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The Catiline Conspiracy by John Maddox Roberts (1991)

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On his way to his duties in the temple of Saturn, Decius Caecilius Metellus passes a murder scene. As the number of corpses mounts and there seem to be mysterious comings and goings in the temple, he decides to investigate.

Comparisons with Steven Saylor's version of Catiline are inevitable, and it has to be said Saylor's is a more nuanced and also more memorable character. By comparison John Maddox Roberts's Catiline is something of a cardboard cut-out villain. I do hope DCM is not going to fall victim to the wiles of a sexy, scheming, villainess in every installment. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Oct 21, 2014 |
Read this because we had talked about Catiline in our Latin class. A fun mystery. Not sure how historically accurate everything was, but it certainly felt realistic. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 19, 2011 |
The second adventure of Decius Caecilius Metellus, and a terrrific read. In the course of an investigation that starts to look a lot bigger than it was starting out, Decius worms his way into the circle of the traitor Catalina. Interesting to contrast this to another version of the same conspiracy by another writer of Roman mystery novels -- Stephen Saylor. This one is much, much dryer, and (not surprisingly) funnier. ( )
  annbury | Sep 17, 2010 |
Second in the series. Low-ranking civil servant Decius Caecilius Metellus investigates murders and political conspiracy in Rome. Good historical fiction, a good series. ( )
  tripleblessings | Feb 2, 2007 |
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It was a summer of glorious triumph for the mighty Roman Republic. Her invincible legions had brought all foreign enemies to their knees, but in Rome there was no peace. The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, and there were rumors of more atrocities to come. Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger was convinced a conspiracy existed to overthrow the government, a sinister cabal that could only be destroyed from within. But admission into the traitorous society of evil carried a grim price: the life of Decius's closest friend--and maybe his own.

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63-62 BCE. "[T]he years 691 and 692 of the city of Rome in the Consulates of Marcus Tullius Cicero and Caius Antonius Hibrida, and that of Decimus Junius Silanus and Lucius Licinius Murena."
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