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Last Seen in Massilia

A Novel of Ancient Rome

Novels of Ancient Rome

Steven Saylor

Minotaur Books

In 49 B.C., a bloody civil war between the forces loyal to Pompey and Julius Caesar has engulfed the Roman world and no one is allowed to be neutral. With Rome itself in turmoil, Gordianus the Finder receives an anonymous message informing him of the death of his son Meto, who lately has been acting as a double agent for Caesar. In search of the truth about Meto's fate, Gordianus journeys to the beseiged seaport of Massilia (modern-day Marseilles) which has sided with Pompey and is now stubbornly holding out against Caesar's troups camped just outside it's gates and harbor.

Using his wits, Gordianus discovers a way past the seige troops and into Massilia. But once there he finds himself in a city where famine and slaughter threaten the populace, and intrigue and recriminations has taken over a city that cannot hope to stand out much longer against the troops outside it's walls. His only friend is Hieronymus, the doomed scapegoat chosen by the priests of Artemis to bear the sins of the population and save them from annihilation. When Gordianus witnesses the fall of a young woman from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in finding out what exactly happened - did she fall or was she pushed? -- and where, in all of this, is the truth about his missing son.

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LAST SEEN IN MASSILIA (Chapter I)

“Madness!” I muttered. “Davus, I knew it was a mistake to leave the road. Shortcut indeed!”

“But, father-in-law, you heard what the man at the tavern said. The road to Massilia isn’t safe. The Massilians are all shut up inside the city, under siege. And Caesar’s troops are too busy laying the siege to bother with patrolling the road. Gaulish bandits are running wild, waylaying anyone who dares to take the road.”

“A Gaulish bandit might not be entirely unwelcome at the moment. At least he might

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"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls."--Ruth Rendell, The Sunday Times (London)
"Saylor's scholarship is breathtaking and his writing enthralls."--Ruth Rendell, The Sunday Times (London)

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  • 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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    Last Seen in Massilia

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    Steven Saylor

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