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THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR was chosen one of the Best Mysteries of 2004 by Publishers Weekly. Click here to see PW’s complete list.

“Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly
than any other writer of his generation.”*


The new novel in the Roma Sub Rosa series follows Gordianus to Egypt and the turbulent city of Alexandria, even as Julius Caesar arrives for his first encounter with Cleopatra. In THE JUDGMENT OF CAESAR, many of the plot-threads in the recent novels (Bethesda’s illness, Gordianus’s estrangement from his son Meto, the chaos of the civil war) come to a stunning resolution.

“He does here for Alexandria what he has already achieved for Rome. His Caesar is completely believable, as are his circuitous dealings with the Egyptian queen...Saylor evokes the ancient world more convincingly than any other writer of his generation.”
* Sunday Times (London)

“Perhaps this superb historical novel will be the breakthrough Saylor richly deserves....a compelling testament to Saylor’s growth as a writer and to his seemingly effortless ability to imagine characters who feel real.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Expert mystery-mongering closely woven into a pageant featuring the most star-studded cast imaginable. Fans of the historical mystery couldn’t do better.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Saylor is certainly among the best history-mystery writers going....he not only draws the reader into the fully realized, intrigue-filled era of Caesar and Pompey, he does so with grace, wit, and full-throttle suspense....a political thriller of the first order....Wonderful reading.”
Booklist (starred review)

“Superb. From the exceptional attention to historical detail to the development of character and plot, which is based on real history, it’s a treat to read....All the action takes place in a time of great upheaval both in Rome and Egypt, and Saylor, an excellent scholar,
makes the most of it. This is a great getaway novel.”
Toronto Globe & Mail

Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award

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