A Mist of Prophecies : A Novel of Ancient Rome

A Mist of Prophecies : A Novel of Ancient Rome

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Baker & Taylor
When a beautiful seeress is murdered while Julius Caesar and Pompey make war for control of the Roman Empire, Gordianus the Finder investigates the murder amid the larger intrigues of ancient Rome.

McMillan Palgrave
During the Roman Civil War, as the forces of Pompey and Julius Caesar fight a series of battles in the provinces over control of the Republic, Rome itself is a hotbed of intrigue as those left behind wait for word. In this tentative and treacherous environment, a beautiful young seeress is murdered in the marketplace. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her own past, Cassandra - like her namesake - is reputed to have had the true gift of prophecy and, as a result, she became a confidante of the rich and powerful.

Gordianus the Finder, who had become obsessed with the woman and her mystery, starts to investigate her murder. As the political situation in Rome continues to decay, the citizenry veers towards ruin, and everyone waits for word out in the far off fields of war, Gordianus begins to peel away the veils of secrecy that surround Cassandra's life and death. What lies underneath involves one, possibly many, of the most powerful women in Rome and the truth could not only put Gordianus's life in danger but affect the very future of Rome itself.


Blackwell North Amer
Rome, 48 B.C.: As the forces of Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great fight a bloody civil war for supremacy out in the far-flung outreaches of the empire, the city of Rome itself becomes a hotbed of intrigue, riven by espionage, greedy profiteering, and bitter betrayals. In this tentative and treacherous environment, a beautiful young seeress staggers across the marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her own past, Cassandra - like her Trojan namesake - was reputed to have possessed the true gift of prophecy. For such a gift there are many in Rome who would pay handsomely ... or resort to murder. Cassandra had become the confidante of the rich and powerful, until she fell victim to a vicious killer.
Obsessed with Cassandra and her mystery, Gordianus the Finder begins to investigate her murder. As the citizens of Rome nervously await word of the war's outcome and the political situation in Rome veers toward chaos, Gordianus gradually peels away the veils of secrecy that surrounded Cassandra's life and death. The deadly revelations he uncovers involve some of the most powerful women in Rome, and Gordianus's pursuit of the truth not only endangers his own life, but could affect the very future of Rome itself.

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When a beautiful seeress is murdered while Julius Caesar and Pompey make war for control of the Roman Empire, Gordianus the Finder investigates the murder amid the larger intrigues of ancient Rome. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: St Martins, 2002
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 9780312271213
0312271212
Characteristics: 270 p ; cm

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Another GREAT book by Steven Saylor !!!

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