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The Venus Throw epub

ISBN: 0783814437

ISBN13: 978-0783814438

Author: Cover Art,Steven Saylor

Category: Thriller and Mystery

Subcategory: Mystery

Language: English

Publisher: G.K. Hall and Co.; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) - Large Print edition (1995)

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Rating: 4.3

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The Venus Throw - Roman Sub Rosa 04 Book Jacket Series: Roman Sub Rosa 4 Tags: 1. .a stola that modestly covered her from head to toe.

two strange visitors. But on closer inspection, there was something amiss.

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Steven Saylor The Venus Throw At dice I sought the Venus Throw. His forehead was wrinkled and covered with spots. The tale of how that came to pass would fill a book. Instead: damned Dogs-the lose-all low! PROPERTIUS, Elegies iv, vii: 45-46 We've all heard about Alexandria, and now we know about it-the source of all trickery and deceit, where the plots of all the mimes come from. The folds of flesh hanging from his chin quivered and he suddenly looked ridiculous, an unhappy old man with painted cheeks and painted eyes. The eunuch in the toga covered his mouth and giggled tipsily. Dio surveyed the portico that surrounded the garden, clearly impressed.

Where are you going?. Bethesda cast a chilly glance of recognition at Trygonion, crossed her arms and gave me the Medusa look

Where are you going?. Bethesda cast a chilly glance of recognition at Trygonion, crossed her arms and gave me the Medusa look. Diana stood alongside and slightly behind her mother. She too drew back her shoulders and crossed her arms, affecting the same imperious gaze. Bethesda’s arms remained crossed; the answer did not suffice. The gallus may have some work for me, I added. She stared at the little priest so intently that I would hardly have been surprised to see him turn to stone.

Part One: NEX Listed below are some significant events preceding the action of The Venus Throw, which begins in mid-January, 5.

Listed below are some significant events preceding the action of The Venus Throw, which begins in mid-January, 56 . Gordianus in Alexandria. King Soter of Egypt dies; succeeded briefly by Alexander II, then by Ptolemy Auletes.

The Venus Throw book. On a chill January evening in 56 . As usual, Steven Saylor depicts famous historical figures in a fascinating and memorable way. The reader can’t help being captivated by the infamous Clodia, while at the same time assuming all the It’s been a while since I’ve read a Gordianus the Finder book, and I’m glad to be back in this world. Steven Saylor is a masterful storyteller, and his books are historical mystery at its best. In this fourth book, Gordianus investigates the murder of his old mentor Dio, a philosopher of Alexandria.

Steven Saylor is the author of the long running Roma Sub Rosa series featuring Gordianus the Finder, as well as the New York Times bestselling novel, Roma and its follow-up, Empire.

He has appeared as an on-air expert on Roman history and life on The History Channel. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics.

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This is number six in the series called "Roma Sub Rosa" about Gordianus the Finder, a sort of Early Roman version of Sherlock Holmes. Well, no; he's married and has a daughter, and there's no Watson. I like historical novels and I especially like detective novels set far enough in the past, before there was any high-tech involvement in criminal investigation. Still, Gordianus is well-educated and knowledgeable, and that counts for a lot in ancient Rome. In this case, it is his knowledge of poisons that is of particular interest.<br/><br/>Saylor is a historian, and uses real people in his stories. So to play fair to those of us who slept through history class, there are a couple of pages of author's notes on the real people and the real history involved in the story. I'm hoping he does this in the entire series, because I expect to read them all.
Venus Throw is a multi leveled story that involves: the murder of the Egyptian Ambassador Dio, investigation into the murder conspiracy, exacting preparation for the trial of the accused, presentation of he trial, and the gender education of Gordianus.
The conspiracy to murder Dio, the ambassador and former teacher of Gordianus, contains several missed murder attempts. The investigation by Gordianus is suspenseful and very difficult for the "finder". The trial is brilliant with possibly Cicero's best oration.
The fun theme in Venus Throw is the many sexual allusions. He visits a run down bar that has a phallus symbol for it's sign (a very large penis). He listens to a detailed discussion of how eunuchs castrate their new members. He finds himself in a bathhouse where men are propositioned. And his new employer, Clodia is blatantly explicit sexually .
For me, it is Gordianus' struggle with women that steals the show. Gordianus finds he is puzzled by his interactions with several females: His wife Bethesda, his daughter Diana, his client Clodia, and the slave girl Zotica. Gordianus has lived with Bethesda for many years and thought he knew her, but suddenly her behavior is unpredictable. His daughter Diana, who he saw as a child, now acts more like her mother's co-conspirator. Clodia is forward and openly manipulates men. Gordianus finds himself walking the streets of Rome in the middle of the night pondering women. As any male who has attempted to understand women will agree, Gordianus is just beginning a long journey toward appreciating the female gender.
This theme could be even more appreciated after reading the following: The House of the Vestals: The Investigations of Gordianus the Finder (Novels of Ancient Rome)A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder (Novels of Ancient Rome)
I am not sure what to make of this book or really this series. I enjoy learning about the going ons in Ancient Rome and all the story lines seem to be pretty true to the ancient sources. I like Gordianus and his family, but somehow I am still somehow unsatisfied when I am done. It seems like sleight of hand most times and maybe that is because of the way Roman justice system worked - that was the point.
Detective fiction aficionados that I know obtain a catharsis when the truth emerges/is revealed by the "Great Detective" and justice is served. Saylor plays with our minds in that this is the second of his books which I have read in which the cause of truth is served, but is justice as we understand it? Perhaps he is reflecting a modern age...? Or a world weary Rome on the eve of Augustus? Or in the Epilogue are we shown that the unrelenting Eumenides will always win? Or is this a bit of the American cowboy myth slipping in and vigilante justice steps in when due process falters? A couple times I wanted to put the book down, finding the voyeurism in ancient(modern? timeless?) amusements a bit too much, but the plot held me despite my slightly Victorian bent--and, as it turned out, the theme of self-gratifying lust proved important to the story. I am classically trained(although an English background) and have no illusions about the ancient world; yet fewer details would have served me fine. Thus, I will take a Saylor break for a bit.
"The Venus Throw" is not my favorite Gordianus the Finder novel, but it is an excellent novel nonetheless. In this novel Gordianus is tasked to find the murderer of an Egyptian envoy, who also happens to be one of Gordianus' mentors in his early youth. Things are not as they seem, and Gordianus finds his loyalties and his skills as an investigator to be challenged.

One of the things that Saylor really seems to understand is how the institution of slavery functioned in late Republican Rome, and how it destroyed the Roman working and agrarian classes. This theme is worked into "The Venus Throw" and the reader will come to more fully appreciate the harm that the institution of slavery inflicted upon Roman society, and its cruelty and indifference to human suffering.

Highly recommended. RJB.