I think it always makes the facts zing into place for me, puttin me a better knowledg of the whys and effects of war and political decisions. " Character assassination is the cornerstone of Roman jurisprudence. " Think of it as a combination Jerry Springer and the Enquirer with its characters tossing rumors, gossip, and slanderous innuendo back and forth.It 's a bit Sherlock Holmesian the way Gordianus determines the identities of his visitors, and I ontinue to be pleased with Saylor 's depiction of Roman culture, dress, food, and manners.
How they 're going to grab power degenerates into sabotage and assassination against a group of Eygptian delegates as well as th trial between two Romans with all the salacious gossip and innuendo they can dig up or invent.The Egyptians do n't thin to become a Roman colony, and the Romans are slavering at the thought of all the plunder it represents.Hmmm, I did n't know Bethesda was such a social climber.
At the start, she 's eferring to Clodia as an old whore, and near the nd of this tory, they 're best friends.
The Fates however have a different idea in store, and when Gordianus returns from a visit with Meto, he is talked into investigating his old friend 's death, a case that ill involve seduction, lies, perversions, and poisonings.
He 's married to Menenia, and they have four-year-old twins: Titania, and Titus.Dio of Alexandria is the ambassador from Egypt and a philosopher with whom Gordianus once passed time and thought in debate when he lived in Alexandria ( see
Lucius Lucceius ( his wife tells Gordianus the truth about that night and about her daughte) and Titus Coponius are two of Dio 's hosts in Rome.
Tiro is still his secretary.Publius Asicius is the irst to go on trial; he 's a classmate of Marcus Caelius who has an apartment down the road which he rents from the Clodii.
Bethesda thinks Marcus Caelius is hot, and we first met him in Catilina 's Riddle, 3, when he was spying on Catilina for Cicero.