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A Gladiator Dies Only Once

The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder

Novels of Ancient Rome (Volume 11)

Steven Saylor

St. Martin's Griffin

Steven Saylor's Roma Sub Rosa series of novels, set in the later Roman Republic and featuring Gordianus the Finder, has garnered unusual acclaim from readers and reviewers alike, establishing him as one of the pre-eminent historical mystery writers. In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, the second collection of his award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor more than meets his own high standards. Set between the events of his novels Roman Blood and Catilina's Riddle, these previously untold adventures from the early career of Gordianus - when his adopted son, Eco, was still a mute boy and his wife, Bethesda, was but his slave - will delight Saylor's many fans while illuminating details of the ancient world like no other writer can.

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Chapter One
The Consul's Wife
 
"Honestly," muttered Lucius Claudius, his nose buried in a scroll, "if you go by these accounts in the Daily Acts, you'd think Sertorius was a naughty schoolboy, and his rebellion in Spain a harmless prank. When will the consuls realize the gravity of the situation? When will they take action?"
 
I cleared my throat.
 
Lucius Claudius lowered the little scroll and raised his bushy red eyebrows. "Gordianus! By Hercules, you got here in a hurry! Take a seat."
 
I looked about for a chair, then remembered where I was. In
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Praise for A Gladiator Dies Only Once

"Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly than any other writer of his generation." - The Sunday Times (London) on The Judgment of Caesar
 
"[T]he twisty fair-play plotting that marks Saylor's best novels is very much in evidence...A partial chronology and historical notes round out this excellent volume." --Publishers Weekly
 
"The stories are admirably varied--some are extensive mysteries; others offer short, sharp slices of life. All are marvelous reads in themselves and marvelous reflections of ancient Rome." --Booklist (starred review)

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As in The House of the Vestals (1997), Saylor's previous collection featuring Gordianus the Finder, these nine carefully researched stories cover the early p

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Steven Saylor

  • 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

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