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Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient…
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Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome) (original 1993; udgave 2008)

af Steven Saylor

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The year is 63BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman - a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowinig to leave behind the corruption and intrigue of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. Gordianus' longtime patron, Cicero, has also achieved the dram of his lifetime - a much coveted consulship, Rome's highest elected office. Urgently, he requests a favour of Gordianus: his help in keeping watch on a radical populist senator, Catilina, suspected of conspiring against the state. Against his will, Gordianus finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a web of deceit, intrigute and murder.… (mere)
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Titel:Catilina's Riddle: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome)
Forfattere:Steven Saylor
Info:Minotaur Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 528 pages
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Catilinas gåde af Steven Saylor (Author) (1993)

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Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa novels are a mix I find difficult to rate. They are mystery novels, but not quite, and they are historical novels, but without a strong local story. And they are history books, but not in a meaningful way since it is a hard to know what is novel and what is history.

Catilina's Riddle is better than some other books, but it suffers heavily from the authors need to include page after page of translated speeches from old sources. Those speeches don't add anything and instead really act as detractor. The interesting part is what the world was like, what people did, had and believed and the mystery story which means that book parts without speeches are quite interesting.

For myself, I think I'm done with this book series now after 4 books (this is book number 3 if read in the order they were written), unless someone can tell me one of the other books is much better.

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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Interminably wrong. Lots of themes, plots, and subplots, and Saylor's usual dexterity, but I think I lost a whole month on what I thought would be another charming, thrilling Roman mystery. ( )
  mrsmarch | Nov 28, 2018 |
My least favorite of the Gordianus books so far. I really felt like I was plodding through it. I still enjoyed but I think that it was a just barely enjoyed it. I thought the first two books were plotted tighter with a more engaging central mystery. I will still be buying the 4th book but I hope that it returns to a faster pace. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
Probablement le meilleur de la série, profond et peu "policier". Un roman sur les faux semblants, sans effet de manche. ( )
  Nikoz | Dec 17, 2016 |
Gordianus the Finder is relishing living in semi retirement in the countryside, or so he thinks! It seems you can never be too far away from the political intrigue of the Forum. Gordianus is at his curmudgeonly best accompanied by a delightfully varied cast of characters. ( )
  cathymoore | Oct 14, 2013 |
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Embossed upon the shield Aeneas saw

The stony halls of the netherworld, the domain of the damned

And the punishments they suffer. There Catilina clings to the edge of a sheer

Precipice, cringing in terror while the Furies beat their wings about him . . .

VIRGIL, The Aeneid,
VIII: 666-669
How haue we chang'd and come about

in every doome,

Since wicked CATILINE went out,

And quitted Rome?

One while, we thought him innocent;

And, then w'accus'd

The Consul, for his malice spent;

And power abus'd.

Since, that we heare, he is in armes

We thinke not so:

Yet charge the Consul, with our harmes

That let him goe:

So, in our censure of the state,

We still do wander;

And make the careful magistrate

The marke of slander.

Ben Jonson, Catiline his Conspiracy,
ACT IV: 863-878
What is truth?

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The year is 63BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman - a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowinig to leave behind the corruption and intrigue of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. Gordianus' longtime patron, Cicero, has also achieved the dram of his lifetime - a much coveted consulship, Rome's highest elected office. Urgently, he requests a favour of Gordianus: his help in keeping watch on a radical populist senator, Catilina, suspected of conspiring against the state. Against his will, Gordianus finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a web of deceit, intrigute and murder.

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