He conquered an empire. Now, he faces a threat much closer to home.
The new novel from the internatinal bestselling author of Roma, is set against the background of Caesar's stupendous quadruple triumphs in Rome in 46 BC, full of colour and spectacle.
Having obliterated the opposition, Caesar is now dictator for life. In the upcoming celebrations, Vercingetorix the Gaul is scheduled to be executed, as is Arsinoe, the sister of Cleopatra...and Cleopatra herself is in Rome on a state visit, trying to convince Caesar to acknowledge their son as his heir.
Marc Antony and Caesar are at odds; Cicero is making a fool of himself with a new teenage bride; and Caesar's wife Calpurnia, having fallen under the spell of an Etruscan soothsayer, is convinced of a plot on her husband's life.
Murder and intrigue again draw Gordianus into the vortex of history.
Praise for Stephen Saylor
'Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome.' Sunday Times
'Saylor's gifts include authentic historical and topographical backgrounds and... sombre themes set off the brilliant scenery and clever plotting.' Times Literary Supplement
'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals.' Ruth Rendell
'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched... this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post
'Saylor has acquired the information of a historian but he enjoys the gifts of a born novelist.' Boston Globe
Saylor is on top form with the latest in his extraordinarily vivid series of crime novels set in ancient Rome. - Sunday Times
Saylor expertly weaves the true history of Rome with the lives and loves of its fictional citizens. - Daily Express
... with the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman History - TLS
How wonderful to have a scholar write about ancient Rome; how comforting to feel instant confidence in the historical accuracy of the novel
- The Sunday Times
A breathtaking epic ... scholarly and engrossing ...Compelling and evocative, this dramatic saga does full justice to the fascinating role that ancient Rome has played in world history. - Good Book Guide
Steven Saylor is the author of the internationally bestselling historical novels Roma and Empire (which precede Dominus), as well as the acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mystery novels featuring Gordianus the Finder, beginning with Roman Blood. His fascination with the ancient world began in childhood when he saw the 1963 movie Cleopatra at a drive-in theater, and continued through his education in history and Classics at the University of Texas as Austin. His first trip to Rome was a life-changing event that propelled him into his 30-year career as a historical novelist. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages, and book tours have taken to many countries, including the U.K. He has appeared on the History channel as an expert on Roman politics and daily life. With Rick Solomon, his husband of 45 years, he divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.