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The Seven Wonders (Roma sub Rosa) [Hardcover]

Steven Saylor
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7 Jun 2012 Roma sub Rosa
An enthralling prequel to his bestselling Roma Sub Rosa series of mysteries set in the Ancient World, Steven Saylor takes readers back to the younger days of Gordianus the Finder. The year is 92BC and Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Gordianus is not yet called 'The Finder' - that title belongs to his father, who we meet in these pages. But at each of the Seven Wonders, the wide-eyed Roman encounters a mystery to challenge his powers of deduction. Here is a portrait of a master sleuth in the making, the earliest exploits of the man who will become the most sought-after investigator in Rome. Accompanying Gordianus on this travels is his tutor, Antipater of Sidon, the world's most celebrated poet. Together, teacher and pupil journey to the fabled cities of Greece and Asia Minor, and then on to Babylon and Egypt. They attend the Olympic Games, take part in exotic festivals, and marvel at the most spectacular constructions ever devised by mankind. Praise for Steven Saylor: 'Saylor expertly weaves the true history of Rome with the lives and loves of its fictional citizens.' Daily Express 'Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthrals' Ruth Rendell 'With the scalpel-like deftness of a Hollywood director, Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman history.' Times Literary Supplement 'Readers will find his work wonderfully (and gracefully) researched... this is entertainment of the first order.' Washington Post

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845295684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845295684
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Saylor is the author of EMPIRE: THE NOVEL OF IMPERIAL ROME, a follow-up to the international bestseller ROMA: THE NOVEL OF ANCIENT ROME. These two epic novels comprise a multi-generational saga that spans the first 1200 years of the city, from Iron Age trading post to the height of empire under Hadrian.

Steven is also the author of the ROMA SUB ROSA series of historical mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder, set in the ancient Rome of Cicero, Caesar, and Cleopatra. The latest book in the series is THE SEVEN WONDERS, a prequel that follows the 18-year-old Gordianus on his journey to the Seven Wonders of the World.


Outside the Roman books are two novels set in Steven's native Texas. A TWIST AT THE END is based on America's first recorded serial murders, which terrorized Austin, Texas in 1885. The chief protagonist is young Will Porter, who later became famous as O. Henry. HAVE YOU SEEN DAWN? is a contemporary thriller set in a small Texas town not unlike the one where Steven grew up.

Steven's books have been published in 21 languages, and book tours have taken him across the United States, England, and Europe. He has appeared as an expert on Roman life on The History Channel, and has spoken at numerous college campuses, The Getty Villa, and the International Conference on the Ancient Novel.

Steven was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas. "If I could have another home," he says, "it would definitely be in London, my favorite big city in the world." When not using his brain, he likes to keep in shape running, swimming, and lifting weights.

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An enthralling prequel to the Gordianus series from the bestselling author of Roma and Empire.

About the Author

Steven Saylor is the author of the popular and acclaimed historical mystery novels set in ancient Rome, the Roma sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder. His work has been widely praised for its remarkable accuracy and vivid historical detail as well as for its passion, mystery and intrigue. Steven divides his time between Berkley, California and Austin, Texas.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Generally clever and entertaining collection of vignettes as the young Gordianus the Finder takes the Grand Tour of the seven wonders of the world as they were listed in 92 B.C. Each stop along the loop of the trip includes a local mystery to be dealt with by neophyte investigator Gordianus and his poet companion, Antipater. For me the best part of this book was the detailed descriptions of each of the notable places visited and, in several cases, the attendant myths that were integral to their stories. The premise for the trip and the role of Antipater have a kind of shaky credibility but are comfortably overlooked if you focus on the what happens on the pair's itinerary.

Steven Saylor is a skilled writer and certainly knows more than a little about the Roman and Greek worlds. In the hands of a lesser author, this book wouldn't have been nearly as interesting.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gordianus and a return to form 19 Jun 2012
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Saylor's Gordianus books have always been a source of great detail allied with good storytelling and compulsive characters. For me, his recent detours into wider Roman history (Roma etc) became tedious self indulgent exercises where Saylor demonstrated his depth of knowledge without a reason to tell it all.

It goes without saying then that it's therefore good to see Gordianus back. It's essentially a prequel set before Gordianus becomes the "Finder". The first book about him for some time it's actually also short stories (previously published in a surprisingly wide range of genre publications - SF, horror. mystery) and making it the third such volume in the sub Rosa series I believe. Inevitably some of the depth is missing and some of the plot devices feel a little contrived, but its a good read.

The device is a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world by Gordianus and his mentor Antipater. Once again it allows Saylor to show off how much research he has done; but here he does it in a much more realistic and entertaining way than in his more recent novels; But the characterisation is well done and by the end I realy wanted to see Saylor now move into a full novel around the younger Gordianus.

Not quite his sparkling best, but a good and interesting attempt and a return to the storyteller I love.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed again. 11 Sep 2012
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I have been an avid reader of Stephen Saylor's 'Gordianus' series. I liked the veracity but also the more 'dark' flavour of the books in comparison with other popular authors of Roman whodunnits. But he now seems to produce books that are easier to write - in essence Seven Wonders is not a novel but a collection of short stories. There is little of the old magic and I found this disappointing and superficial.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Well Researched 13 Dec 2013
By Trajan
Steven Saylor has penned an enthralling prequel to his Sub Rosa series. The plot revolves around a tour of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Well written in the form of seven short stories, his in-depth research into the ancient world is very apparent throughout. All in all a well paced easy to follow narrative, which is sometimes humorous and always intriguing. Recommended.For those who would like further information on this epoch I highly recommend the OSPREY Campaign, Warrior, and men at arms booklets, with great overviews, excellent illustrations, and highly detailed maps.

The perfect companion to the Sub Rosa series is the ROMA VICTRIX wine beaker.
Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Wonders 11 Dec 2013
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I am hooked on Gordianus the Finder and his devious ways of finding out the truth. Steven Saylor is a brilliant author, and I would highly recommend any of his books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading !! 28 Nov 2013
Its a very enjoyable, good entertaining read. But because it has seven different stories in one volume - it reads as a book of seven stort stories connected by a mans holiday in Europe. Not a single story page-turner like Steven Saylors' other books. It's worth reading though especially if you like Stevens' other books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - Return to Rome! 24 Nov 2013
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Having followed the life of Gordianus throughout the series, I enjoy the pace and style as the case comes together through a period of time. The seven wonders is essentially seven short stories each with a case to be resolved and for the majority the outcome is obvious very early taking away the intrigue which gives the series its strength.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good short reads 6 Nov 2013
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The young Gordianus travels East with his tutor to see the seven wonders of the ancient world. At each stop, in the tradition that detectives always attract crime, he solves some wrong-doing. This is very much in the same vein as the main series of Steven Saylor's books, with a clearly drawn and vivid portrait of the ancient world as a backdrop. Ingenious mini-plots, nicely drawn characters and an upstanding protagonist. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of an old friend.
I have read and enjoyed many of Steven Saylor's 'Gordianus the finders' novels - which concentrated on his adventures as a respected Roman sleuth in later life, and so it was a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by PatriciaAnn
3.0 out of 5 stars prequel
This is only for those who have loved the 'real' Gordianus series. These short stories are a bit too formulaic to really zing off the page.
Published 3 months ago by allenr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seven Wonders.
The Story begins with Gordianus as a young man, ready to go on a trip to see The Seven Wonders with his friend
( A Poet ). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the usual Gordianus books
A good twist at the end, but it got a bit plodding part way through. I found myself just wanting to get on with it!
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. Kathryn Gower
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Just as I`'ve come to expect from Saylor- a very informative, enjoyable and interesting read. I do hope there is more to come from Gordianus!
Published 5 months ago by Satch
4.0 out of 5 stars A pacey read combining Saylor's usual erudition with imaginative...
Having read all of the Roma Sub Rosa series of novels, it was good to be able to go back in time and find out more about the young Gordianus. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Florobbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to more Steven Saylor books. Would love to see the seven wonders of the world.
Published 7 months ago by Joyce Lynne Mannion
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-crafted box of surprises
Here we find Saylor at his charming best, Young Gordianus learns much about the world as he confronts one mystery after another, with ever new twists to the main story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Florence
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