“For more than 25 years,
the most reliably
entertaining and well-researched novels about the ancient world have been Steven Saylor’s tales of the Roman proto-detective Gordianus the Finder.
The Throne of Caesar
brings the series to
a satisfying conclusion!”
The Sunday Times (London)
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Listen: 1-hour interview on Writing on the Air (KOOP radio/Austin)…30-minute podcast with Steven & his longtime editor, Keith Kahla • Watch: Steven & Keith at the Poisoned Pen streaming at facebookRead Steven’s blogs & interviews: El trono de César (en Inglés y Español)…Beware! The Ides of March Is (or Are?) ComingIdes of March: Relevant, Whether You Like it or NotSteven Saylor on Tolkien, Pudicity & Swimming PoolsIdes of March: Beware!interview at Edge/Boston…Q&A at MysteryPeopleEidolonXX Siglos (en Inglés y Español)…Read reviews at The Times—a rave review!…Austin ChronicleSociety for Classical StudiesRoman TimesOmaha DispatchFor Winter NightsCriminalElementSuspense Magazine (p.32)…What Gordianus Means to Me…novelist Richard Blake’s reviewEt tu, Reader: 5 Books About the Ides of March

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“A rocket of a read!”
…says the Austin American-Statesman. Steven delivers ”something really different with a small-town Texas Gothic…An interesting, offbeat book, written in a quiet tone despite its sensational subject and its twist in the conventional serial killer psyche,” says The Poisoned Pen Booknews. At once a literary novel, a murder mystery, and a gothic romance, Have You Seen Dawn? pays homage to the genres it evokes, even as it quietly subverts them. Now available for Kindle, Nook, or iBooks.

“A riveting historical mystery…fascinating & provocative”
…says the New York Times about
A Twist at the End, Steven’s epic novel about the Texas Servant Girl murders of 1885—America’s first recorded serial murders—now available for KindleNookiBooksAudible audiobook. Using O. Henry as his fictional hero, Steven artfully blends real characters and true crime in an engrossing work of fiction. “Saylor, a veteran of the historical novel, navigates these rapids with confident skill...Better still, in the manner of O. Henry himself, he saves a cunning twist for the end.” (Washington Post Book World)

Future, Present, Past for KindleiBooksNook Three short stories from three different genres: “Insecticide” is a chilling tale of the near-future…“Murder Myth-Begotten” is a modern-day story of suspense…and “The Eagle and the Rabbit” is set in 146 B.C. after the fall of the Carthage, as a handful of survivors are hunted down by ruthless Roman mercenaries—a timeless tale of cruelty and betrayal, courage and freedom.
A Bookish Bent: Essays About Reading, Writing & George Bush’s Close Call on the Running Trail for KindleiBooks Nook
My Mother’s Ghost: 3 Autobiographical Essays & the Prize-Winning Short Story “Kinder, Gentler” for KindleiBooksNook
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“Compelling characters swirl through the fast-moving, cleverly constructed plot...With its expert mix of comedy and tragedy,
Wrath may be Saylor's most thought-provoking work.”USA Today

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“A highly suspenseful plot and a moving resolution distinguish Saylor’s masterful novel featuring Roman sleuth Gordianus the Finder in his younger years.”
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Saylor has concocted one of his best novels so far with this tale of intrigue and extraordinarily bloody reckonings…an international thriller, with espionage, world-shaking events, and plenty of plots, plans, and conspiracies.” —Edge Boston

”[Saylor‘s] The Seven Wonders and Raiders of the Nile combine with this latest to establish him as the undisputed master of the Roman historical mystery.”
Historical Novel Society

”What a fabulous tale Steven Saylor has woven from the terrible events that King Mithradates set in motion in 88 BC! Brilliant!”
Adrienne Mayor, author of The Poison King

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“Exuberantly entertaining!”—USA Today
Reviews: CFLKirkusOpen LettersDeseret News. Read an excerpt • Interviews here, here, here & here
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“Anyone who neglects to read RAIDERS OF THE NILE will be soundly lashed, hung upside-down for three days and then fed to a crocodile. At the very least!”—Antinous the Gay God

“If you’re going to tour the ancient world,
you could find no better guide than Saylor!”—USA Today

Journey to the Seven Wonders!

The Seven Wonders begins a new series of prequels to the Roma Sub Rosa® series, about the younger days of Gordianus the Finder. In The Seven Wonders, 18-year-old Gordianus embarks on the adventure of a lifetime: a journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World.

Join Gordianus as he travels to the fabled cities of Greece and Asia Minor, then to Babylon and Egypt. Witness the Olympic Games, take part in exotic festivals, and marvel at the most spectacular constructions ever devised by mankind—encountering murder, witchcraft, and ghostly hauntings along the way.

“In many ways his best novel!”—Antinous the Gay God [review contains spoilers]

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“Thrilling...with one of the greatest authors of historical fiction
as our guide, it’s a glorious ride.”
USA Today

The Novel of Imperial Rome
Steven’s new novel is the much-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller ROMA. EMPIRE spans five generations of the Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to the height of empire under Hadrian. The Pinarii witness the madness of Caligula and Nero, the eruption of Vesuvius, the spectacular opening games of the Colosseum, and much more.
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“Filled with tales of intrigue, ambition, violence, and suspense...
a vivid evocation of the bloodthirsty, chaotic spectacle that was ancient Rome,
and an example of how the best historical fiction brings the past to life.”
Archaeology Magazine

Maps & Lifespans graphic • Read more reviews here.Interview: “Watching Rome Burn with Steven Saylor

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Before Empire, there was...
The Novel of Ancient Rome

Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of a family though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.

“Saylor puts his finger on the very essence of Roman history,” says the Times Literary Supplement. Read Reviews & Interviews from around the world. Curious about Steven’s sources? Visit the Roma Bookshop & the Roma Image Gallery.

The Rogues are here!
The latest multi-genre mega-anthology edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois includes a never-before-published Steven Saylor short story, “Ill Seen in Tyre,” a “lost episode” from the journey of young Gordianus to see The Seven Wonders. Order from AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks
“Not a single bad story in the bunch…The table of contents alone will make fans from all genre aisles salivate.”—Library Journal

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Edinburgh49 (2020)Kirkus 2015UNRVAudio: 90-minute interview with Sarah WaltonWriting the Past • “Worst Moments” • Audio+transcript at Ancient Rome Refocused • Military historian Lindsay Powell: My Dinner with Steven SaylorEmpire: Watching Rome Burn with Steven SaylorStanford Revieweternallycool.netitalian-mysteries.comJanuaryMagazineAustin ChronicleEdge/BostonHistoricalBoys • Magyar:
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For a guide to Steven’s books in 22 languages (including Romanian), visit his Bibliography.

By Steven Saylor
Who Wrote the First Whodunit? • Steven’s first short storyCommencement speech at UC Berkeley • Paper at the International Conference on the Ancient Novel • Inklings: Readers Know Which Way to GoIntro to Athens v. SpartaHBO’s Rome mangles Cleopatra • Vintage review of Gore Vidal’s Creation •Steven bibliofiles for the Sunday Times of London• Read about Steven’s 2007 book tour to Budapest.

Reviews & Misc.
Loving appreciation of the series at Spanish blog totalnoir (Google auto-translate works well, except for one howler—pun intended!) • Seattle Times readers list great historical fiction Series overview at Fantasy Book CriticRicardo Vigueras Fernández: La novela policiaca de temática romana clásicaDwie poważne damyThe Prosecution of Steven SaylorBooks to the Ceiling 1 & 2Ancient Plots: Mystery in History • Dutch Art installation inspired by Roman Blood • The Ancient World is IN, says USA TodayRuth Rendell in the Sunday Times: “Saylor’s scholarship is breathtaking”

The last word: a highlight of Steven’s 2011 UK tour was his appearance at the Philip Larkin Centre for Poetry & Creative Writing in Hull. Watch his conversation with Martin Goodman, director of the Larkin Centre, here. (See more of Steven’s appearances at the Online Film Festival page.)

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