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Last Seen in Massilia A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books



Trade Paperback

256 Pages



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In the city of Massilia (modern-day Marseille), on the coast of Southern Gaul, Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto has disappeared—branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Consumed with grief, Gordianus arrives in the city in the midst of a raging civil war, hoping to discover what happened to his son. But when he witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in discovering the truth—did she fall or was she pushed? And how could it be connected to his missing son? Drawn into the city's treacherous depths, where nothing is what it seems, Gordianus must summon all of his skills to discover his son's fate.


Praise for Last Seen in Massilia

"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls."—Ruth Rendell, The Sunday Times (London)
"Saylor presents a vivid tableau of an ancient city under siege and an empire riven by internecine strife . . . One of today's finest historical mystery series."—Publishers Weekly


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Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire. He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
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  • Steven Saylor

  • Steven Saylor is the author of the critically acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series as well as the New York Times bestselling historical novels Roma and Empire. He divides his time between Berkeley, California and Austin, Texas.
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