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'The Judgment of Caesar' opens shortly after the events of the proceeding novel, 'Mist of Prophecies'. Gordianus (suffixed, through his profession, 'The Finder') and his wife Bethesda are looking out for the light of the famed Pharos as they approach Alexandria in the period following Caesar's defeat of Pompey ('The Great One') at Pharsalus. What could be a long opening descriptive of arrival becomes, rapidly within a small number of pages, a diversion into a plot that will bring, for regular followers of Gordianus' adventures, strands from his past adventures.
Saylor gives as equal justice to bringing alive Ptolemaic Alexandria (a city of which little remains outside fable and… Read more