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Steven Saylor is an American author that writes historical fiction. Born in 1956 in Port Lavaca, Texas, Saylor remembers watching movies like Cleopatra and Ben Hur and developing a fascination for ancient Rome.
Order of Roma Sub Rosa Series
|1||Roman Blood||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Arms of Nemesis||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||Catilina's Riddle||1993||Description / Buy|
|4||The Venus Throw||1995||Description / Buy|
|5||A Murder on the Appian Way||1996||Description / Buy|
|6||The House of the Vestals||1997||Description / Buy|
|7||Rubicon||1999||Description / Buy|
|8||Last Seen in Massilia||2000||Description / Buy|
|9||A Mist of Prophecies||2002||Description / Buy|
|10||The Judgment of Caesar||2004||Description / Buy|
|11||A Gladiator Dies Only Once||2005||Description / Buy|
|12||The Triumph of Caesar||2009||Description / Buy|
|13||The Throne of Caesar||2018||Description / Buy|
Order of Ancient World Series
|1||The Seven Wonders||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||Raiders of the Nile||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||Wrath of the Furies||2015||Description / Buy|
Order of Rome Series
|1||Roma||2007||Description / Buy|
|2||Empire||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||Dominus||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Steven Saylor Standalone Novels
|1||Honour the Dead||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Have You Seen Dawn?||2003||Description / Buy|
Order of Steven Saylor Short Stories/Novellas
|1||A Will is a Way||1992|
Order of Steven Saylor Short Story Collections
|1||My Mother's Ghost (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||Future, Present, Past (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Steven Saylor Non-Fiction Books
|1||A Bookish Bent (Short Story)||2013||Description / Buy|
Steven Saylor Anthologies
He fed that obsession by studying history at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1987, he finally visited Rome. The trip exceeded every expectation. The author couldn’t get enough of the ruins and their connection to the past.
At that time, the author had just discovered the mystery genre. Initially, his reading habits constituted science fiction and fantasy novels. Once the mystery genre sunk its hooks into Saylor’s brain, it refused to let go.
When he returned home, Saylor started looking for murder mysteries that featured Ancient Rome as a setting. But he couldn’t find a satisfying novel to scratch his itch.
Saylor tried to make do with Cicero’s Murder Trials, but he couldn’t stop thinking about the stories a skillful novelist could extract from the translation. The author has since realized that many of his peers have similar experiences.
Their first novel is the book they want to read but cannot find. Saylor was motivated to write because he couldn’t find the compelling historical murder mystery he wanted.
It had taken Saylor a lifetime to acquire a competent understanding of history. Initially, he watched movies and read comic books. Later on, he studied history in earnest. He never expected that knowledge to play a vital role in his life.
Saylor placed his first book in the first century B.C. because it was one of the most exciting eras of Roman history. Like many first-time authors, Saylor did not set out to create a long-running series.
The history fanatic had plenty of concepts for different stories and settings rattling around in his brain. But the first book sold well enough that his editor at St. Martin’s started toying with the idea of publishing more novels in the Gordianus series.
When the publisher requested a second book in the series, Saylor was caught off guard because he perceived the first manuscript as a literary novel that did not require a sequel.
The author admits that he was pretty naïve at the time. He did not understand the publishing arena. However, once his publisher requested additional books in the series, Saylor thought about it and realized that he liked the idea of writing a long-running collection of stories that would eventually chart the end of the Roman Republic.
Each novel the author has written in this series revolves around a significant historical event that anchors the story. Initially, Saylor kept placing 7-year gaps between the books, to the irritation of his publisher.
But later, he went back and wrote short stories that filled the gaps he had skipped.
Steven Saylor Awards
Saylor has received a Dilys Award nomination.
Best Steven Saylor Books
The author began his publishing career by writing what some may call erotic fiction using the ‘Aaron Travis’ pen name. But when he visited Rome, the direction of his publishing career changed. Saylor’s best books include:
Roman Blood: Sybaritic Sextus Roscius was wealthy. He was also dead. A message from his harlot led Roscius into the hands of a savage killer. And now, Gordianus the Finder has been tasked with investigating the case.
The house of Cicero wants answers. The advocate’s reputation is on the line. Gordianus is more than up to the task. Although, this particular mystery will compel the professional to walk the city’s pungent streets, sifting through nobles and slaves alike in the hopes of determining the assassin’s motive.
Roma: Roma tells the story of Rome, not just the city but the people that inhabited it. The book takes readers back to Rome’s first years, re-introducing the twins (Romulus and Remus) that founded the city, recounting the events that turned Rome into the capital of history’s greatest empire, covering the various wars and invasions, and more.
Saylor doesn’t forget to shine the spotlight on famous figures like Hannibal and Coriolanus while also exploring the conflict between the Patricians and Plebeians.
Finally, the author brings the story to a close by outlining the events that killed Rome’s republic and led to Julius Caesar’s death. Saylor bases his narrative on legends and archeological discoveries, both new and old.
When Does The Next Steven Saylor book come out?
Steven Saylor doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Dominus and was released on June, 9th 2021. It is the newest book in the Rome Series.