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Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of by Steven Saylor

By Steven Saylor

"Saylor competitors Robert Graves in his knack for making the classical international come alive." --(ortland) Oregonian "Engrossing...Ironic and satisfying." -- San Francisco Chronicle The 3rd in Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels that includes Gordianus the Finder. Gordianus, disappointed through the corruption of Rome circa sixty three B.C., has fled the town along with his kinfolk to survive a farm within the Etruscan nation-state. yet this bucolic lifestyles is disrupted through the machinations and murderous plots of 2 politicians: Roman consul Cicero, Gordianus's longtime shopper, and populist senator Catilina, Cicero's political rival and a candidate to switch him within the annual elections for consul. Claiming that Catilina plans an rebellion if he loses the race, Cicero asks Gordianus to maintain a watchful eye at the radical. even supposing he distrusts either males, Gordianus is compelled into the heart of the facility fight whilst his six-year-old daughter Diana unearths a headless corpse of their reliable. Shrewdly depicting lethal political maneuverings, this addictive secret additionally monitors the author's enterprise take hold of of background and human personality.  On first e-book again in 1994, Catilina's Riddle used to be a finalist for the Hammet Award.

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His eyes lit up. "Do you know what I miss most? The festivals, when they have plays and chariot races! " Of course you miss them, I thought. You're young, and youth craves distraction. I shook my head, feeling old and sour. "The festivals are only another form of corruption, Meto. Who pays for festivals? The various magistrates elected each year. And why? They will tell you they do it to honor the gods and the traditions of our ancestors, but in truth they do it to impress the crowd, for their own personal aggrandizement.

Who pays for festivals? The various magistrates elected each year. And why? They will tell you they do it to honor the gods and the traditions of our ancestors, but in truth they do it to impress the crowd, for their own personal aggrandizement. The crowd gives its support to the man who can put on the most splendid games and spectacles. Absurd! The spectacles are only a means to an end. They impress the voters, who in turn give a man power. It's the power which ultimately counts—power over the fates and property of men, over the life and death of nations.

If they're of different stripes, the Senate quickly learns which is the more dominant of the two and which the more easily led. In some years rivals are elected, and - 28 - the stalemate as they try to outdo one another can be spectacular— literally. The year you came to live with me, Crassus and Pompey shared the consulship, and it was one feast after another, festival upon festival, from their inauguration in Januarius up to their valedictory addresses in December. " asked Meto. "No. There is a prescribed sequence of offices that must be held first.

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