By Steven Saylor
The hideously disfigured physique used to be present in the atrium. the single clues are a blood-soaked cloak, and, carved into the stone on the corpse's ft, the note Sparta. The murdered guy was once the overseer of Marcus Crassus's property, it seems that killed by way of runaway slaves bent on becoming a member of Spartacus's insurrection. according to the homicide, the rich, strong Crassus vows to honor an historic legislations and kill his ninety-nine closing slaves in 3 days. Now Gordianus the Finder has been summoned from Rome through a mysterious patron to determine the reality in regards to the homicide ahead of the 3 days are up. Enmeshed in an international of determined slaves and duplicitous masters, extravagant feasts and sordid secrets and techniques, Gordianus needs to probability all he loves, together with his existence, to prevent a mindless slaughter-and store the very way forward for Rome itself.
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I strapped on my shoes, wrapped the blanket around me like a cloak, and returned to the deck. Here and there sailors lay huddled together in sleep. A few strolled the deck, watchful and alert for any danger from the sea or shore. A steady breeze blew from the north, filling the sail and raising gooseflesh wherever the blanket did not cover my arms and legs. I strolled once about the deck, then found myself drawn toward the portal amidships that led down into the galley. It is curious that a man can sail upon many ships in his life and never wonder at the hidden motive power that drives them, yet this is how most people live their lives every day—men eat and dress and go about their business, and never give a thought to all the sweat of all the slaves who labored to grind the grain and spin the cloth and pave the roads, wondering about these things no more than they wonder about the blood that heats their bodies or the mucus that cradles their brains.
What a prig," Mummius muttered under his breath. "And for all his high-flown attitude, they say his family could barely afford to buy him a decent tutor. Good blood, but one of his ancestors emptied the family coffers and no one ever filled them up again. Crassus took him on as a lieutenant only as a favor to Fabius's father; he hasn't turned out to have much talent as a military man, either. " He smiled a bit smugly, then called to a little slave boy who was crossing the atrium: "You there, Meto, go and find your mistress and tell her I've arrived with her guest from Rome.
The sun was high, the day was fine and clear without a touch of haze on the water. Between us and the opposite strait that separates Capri from the Promontory of Minerva the water was spangled with the multicolored sails of fishing boats and the bigger sails of the trading ships and ferries that circle the bay, carrying goods and passengers from Surrentum and Pompeii on the south side to Neapolis and Puteoli on the north. We rounded the headland, and the entire bay opened before us, glittering beneath the sun.
Arms of Nemesis: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Novels of Ancient Rome, 2) by Steven Saylor