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By Steven Saylor

In the 12 months forty eight B.C., Rome is in the course of Civil warfare. As Pompey and Caesar struggle for keep watch over of the Republic, Rome turns into a hotbed of intrigue, pushed by way of espionage, greed and betrayals.

A attractive younger seeress staggers around the Roman industry and dies within the fingers of Gordianus the Finder. in all likelihood mad and claiming no reminiscence of her earlier, Cassandra― like her Trojan namesake―was reputed to have the present of prophecy, a present many in Rome might pay for handsomely...or hotel to homicide.

Obsessed with Cassandra's secret, Gordianus investigates her homicide. As he peels away the veils of secrecy surrounding her lifestyles and demise, he discovers an online of conspiracy linking a lot of Rome's so much ruthless and strong ladies. Now Gordianus's pursuit not just endangers his personal existence, yet may well switch the way forward for Rome.

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Indeed she was," said Hieronymus, ready to assert his authority on the subject. As a boy he had received a fine Greek education at one of the renowned academies for which Massilia was famous. He could recite long passages from the Iliad and knew many of the Greek tragedies by heart. "Cassandra was the fairest daughter of King Priam and Queen He cuba," he said, "and she was the sister of Paris, the prince who started all the trouble by stealing Helen and carrying her back to Troy. Cassandra could foretell the future.

I felt another impulse to strike him, but resisted. " "Very well, then. There, I've written the entry just as you wished. 'Name of deceased: Cassandra. Family and status unknown. Birthdate unknown. Death by poison on the Nones of Sextilis, Year of Rome 706. " I said nothing and walked away, toward the pillars that flanked the entrance. Behind me I heard him mutter, "Finder, eh? Perhaps he should find out who poisoned her…" I walked down the temple steps and back toward the funeral pyre, staring at the ground, seeing nothing.

And what is your name? " I felt another impulse to strike him, but resisted. " "Very well, then. There, I've written the entry just as you wished. 'Name of deceased: Cassandra. Family and status unknown. Birthdate unknown. Death by poison on the Nones of Sextilis, Year of Rome 706. " I said nothing and walked away, toward the pillars that flanked the entrance. Behind me I heard him mutter, "Finder, eh? Perhaps he should find out who poisoned her…" I walked down the temple steps and back toward the funeral pyre, staring at the ground, seeing nothing.

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