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A Murder on the Appian Way: A Mystery of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

By Steven Saylor

The 12 months is 52BC, and Rome is in turmoil. Rival gangs prowl the streets as Publius Clodius, a excessive born populist baby-kisser, and his arch-enemy, Tito Milo, struggle to regulate the consular elections. but if Clodius is murdered at the Appian manner and Milo is accused of the crime, town explodes with riots and arson.

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This road is one of the noteworthy sights of the world, for the stones are so finely cut, levelled and fitted together, without mortar of any sort, that the unbroken surface appears to be not a work of man, but a wondrous phenomenon of nature. Procopius, Gothic Wars, v, 14 "Stop quoting laws to us. " Plutarch, Life of Pompey, x, 2 CONTENTS A Note on Names and the Hours of the Roman Day Map Part One RIOT Part Two ROAD Part Three REX? Part Four RING Author's Note A Note on Names and the Hours of the Roman Day For the names of certain historical figures in these pages, I have used familiar literary forms rather than the more authentic Latin.

At this there was another round of groaning and scoffing, but no one challenged outright what Sallust had said. Instead they turned uneasily away and resumed their argument without him. " Appius insisted. " said Sextus Cloelius. "The mob won't settle for anything less. " "Then the mood of the city will surely swing against us," argued Appius. "No. Uncle Publius understood the way to make use of the mob - as a dagger, not as a bludgeon. You're wrought up, Sextus. " "Don't tell me how Publius used the mob," said Cloelius.

I took a deep breath. " But something told me it would be. We waited for a while, trapped by the inertia that falls upon a crowd when something momentous looms. From those around us we picked up numerous, conflicting rumours of what had happened There had been an incident on the Appian Way, just outside Rome—no, twelve miles away, at Bovillae — no, somewhere farther south. Clodius had been out riding alone - no, with a small bodyguard — no, in a litter with his wife and their usual retinue of slaves and attendants.

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