By Steven Saylor

In the yr forty eight B.C., Rome is in the course of Civil conflict. 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 market and dies within the hands of Gordianus the Finder. very likely mad and claiming no reminiscence of her previous, Cassandra― like her Trojan namesake―was reputed to have the present of prophecy, a present many in Rome could pay for handsomely...or lodge 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 lots of Rome's such a lot ruthless and strong girls. Now Gordianus's pursuit not just endangers his personal existence, yet may well swap the way forward for Rome.

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They'll be fresh and unscathed. " "They'll be soft from all that idle waiting, if you ask me," said Canininus. " said Manlius. "Above and beyond his Roman legions, they say Pompey's gathered hundreds of archers from Crete and Syria, slingers from Thessaly, thousands of cavalrymen from Alexandria-" "We know about Pompey's forces only from rumors. People always inflate the actual numbers," said Canininus. "But Pompey's fleet isn't a rumor," observed Hieronymus. "Surely that's real. People have seen galleys sailing into the Adriatic Sea for months, hundreds of them arriving from all over the eastern Mediterranean.

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. I felt the heat of the fire as I drew closer; and when I finally lifted my eyes, I beheld Cassandra amid the flames.

Her eyes were rolled upward. The wailing I had heard was actually a sort of incantation. As I listened, I began to hear words amid the grunts and shrieks. " she cried. " I said. " he snapped. "I only know she's been haunting the Forum for the last few days, begging for alms. " "But who is she? " I looked at the others. Manlius shrugged. Volcatius raised a bristling white eyebrow. " I looked back at the woman. She had risen to her feet, but her blue tunica had become tangled at her knees, pulling down the neckline to reveal the cleavage of her breasts.

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