Roma Sub Rosa (Chronological)

14 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 861 ratings

The Seven Wonders Publisher's Summary

USA Today hails Steven Saylor as a “modern master of historical fiction.” Rich in intrigue and period detail, his novels set in ancient Rome have garnered acclaim the world over.

A prequel to his epic Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders follows series star Gordianus the Finder as an 18-year-old traveling the Mediterranean to witness the wonders of that fabled age. At each stop, the young investigator finds a beguiling mystery that pushes his powers of deduction to the limit.

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  • Book 1

    • The Seven Wonders

    • A Novel of the Ancient World
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Stephen Plunkett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 96

    USA Today hails Steven Saylor as a “modern master of historical fiction.” Rich in intrigue and period detail, his novels set in ancient Rome have garnered acclaim the world over. A prequel to his epic Roma Sub Rosa series, The Seven Wonders follows series star Gordianus the Finder as an 18-year-old traveling the Mediterranean to witness the wonders of that fabled age. At each stop, the young investigator finds a beguiling mystery that pushes his powers of deduction to the limit.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting History, Not much of a story

    • By Mark on 08-10-12

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

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  • Book 3

    • Roman Blood

    • A Mystery of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
    • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 161
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    In Rome, 80 B.C., on a warm spring morning, Gordianus the Finder receives a summons to the house of a then-unknown young advocate and orator, Cicero. Ambitious and brilliant, the 26-year-old Cicero is about to argue his first important case. His client is a wealthy farmer, one Sextus Roscius of the town of Ameria, who stands accused of the most unforgivable act in Ancient Rome: the murder of his father.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Good story, bad reader

    • By Miles Gloriosus on 09-15-10

    Regular price: $25.17

  • Book 4

    • The House of the Vestals

    • The Investigations of Gordianus the Finder, Book 6
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    It is ancient Rome, and Gordianus the Finder has a knack for finding trouble. Known to many as the one man in the ancient world who can both keep a secret and uncover one, Gordianus lays bare some of his most intriguing and compelling adventures.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible Narrator

    • By D. Fyler on 12-06-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 5

    • A Gladiator Dies Only Once: The Further Investigations of Gordianus the Finder

    • Roma Sub Rosa, Book 11
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    In A Gladiator Dies Only Once, the second collection of his award-winning stories featuring Gordianus, Saylor more than meets his own high standards. Set between the events of his novels RomanBlood and Catilina’s Riddle, these nine stories of previously untold adventures from the early career of Gordianus - when his adopted son, Eco, was still a mute boy and his wife, Bethesda, was but his slave - will delight Saylor’s many fans while illuminating details of the ancient world like no other writer can.

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 6

    • Arms of Nemesis

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
    • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    South of Rome on the Gulf of Puteoli stands the splendid villa of Marcus Crassus, Rome's wealthiest citizen. When the estate overseer is murdered, Crassus concludes that the deed was done by two missing slaves, who have probably run off to join the Spartacan Slave Revolt. Unless they are found within three days, Crassus vows to massacre his remaining 99 slaves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awful narrator!

    • By Linda on 01-04-12

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 7

    • Catilina’s Riddle

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
    • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    The year is 63 BC, and Gordianus the Finder unexpectedly achieves the dream of every Roman: owning a farm in the Etruscan countryside. Vowing to leave behind the corruption of Rome, he abandons the city, taking his family with him. This bucolic life, however, is disrupted by the machinations and murderous plots of two politicians.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Caustic voice of narrator

    • By Shirlene on 04-17-13

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 8

    • The Venus Throw

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome, Book 6
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Rome, 56 BC. The great general Pompey has conquered the East; Julius Caesar is defeating the Gauls; only Egypt, with its strategic granaries and vast treasuries of gold, still eludes the grasp of Rome. The city itself is becoming ever more corrupt, as the last generation of the Roman Republic indulges in political backstabbing, endless lawsuits, scandalous love affairs, and the occasional murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Clodians at their most entertaining

    • By Amateur curmudgeon on 08-09-16

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 9

    • A Murder on the Appian Way

    • A Mystery of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Scott Harrison
    • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46

    Ancient Rome has been in a state of turmoil as the rival gangs of Publius Clodius, a high-born, populist politician, and his arch-enemy, Titus Milo, have fought to control the consular elections. When Clodius is murdered on the famed Appian Way and Milo is accused of the crime, the city explodes with riots and arson, and even the near sacrosanct Senate House is burned to the ground.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Great book, bad reader

    • By Edward G. Mitchell on 07-10-09

    Regular price: $27.97

  • Book 10

    • Rubicon

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    As Caesar marches on Rome and panic erupts in the city, Gordianus the Finder discovers, in his own home, the body of Pompey’s favorite cousin. Before fleeing the city, Pompey exacts a terrible bargain from the finder of secrets: to unearth the killer or sacrifice his own son-in-law to service in Pompey’s legions - and certain death. Amid the city’s sordid underbelly, Gordianus learns that the murdered man was a dangerous spy. Now, as he follows a trail of intrigue, betrayal, and ferocious battles on land and sea, the Finder is caught between the chaos of war and the terrible truth he must finally reveal.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • May You Live in Interesting Times

    • By Carol on 07-25-14

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 11

    • Last Seen in Massilia

    • Roma Sub Rosa Series, Book 8
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 38

    In 49 BC, in the city of Massilia (modern-day Marseille), on the coast of southern Gaul, Gordianus the Finder's beloved son Meto has disappeared - branded as a traitor to Caesar and apparently dead. Consumed with grief, Gordianus arrives in the city amid a raging civil war, hoping to discover what happened to his son. But when he witnesses a young woman fall from a precipice called Sacrifice Rock, he becomes entangled in discovering the truth.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite in the series so far

    • By Linda on 11-05-17

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 12

    • A Mist of Prophecies

    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    In the year 48 BC, Rome is in the midst of civil war. As Pompey and Caesar fight for control of the republic, Rome becomes a hotbed of intrigue driven by espionage, greed, and betrayals. A beautiful young seeress staggers across the Roman marketplace and dies in the arms of Gordianus the Finder. Possibly mad and claiming no memory of her past, Cassandra - like her Trojan namesake - was reputed to have the gift of prophecy, a gift many in Rome would pay for handsomely...or kill for

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not his best

    • By Karen M. Jackson on 07-15-15

    Regular price: $20.97

  • Book 13

    • The Judgment of Caesar

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome - Roma Sub Rosa, Book 10
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    In 48 BC the Roman generals Caesar and Pompey are engaged ina battle to rule the world. As Pompey plots a reckless stand on the banks ofthe Nile, Gordianus the Finder - who has brought his dying wife, Bethesda, to the Nile seeking a cure from its sacred waters - finds himself suddenly at the heart of a series of treacherous and history-altering events. While Caesar and Cleopatra embark on a legendary romance, Egypt remains ravaged by the brutal contest between the queen and her brother, King Ptolemy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Continuity of readers a bit irksome

    • By Christopher on 02-28-15

    Regular price: $23.07

  • Book 14

    • The Triumph of Caesar

    • A Novel of Ancient Rome
    • By: Steven Saylor
    • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 110
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    The Roman civil war has come to its conclusion - Pompey is dead, Egypt is firmly under the control of Cleopatra (with the help of Rome's legions), and for the first time in many years Julius Caesar has returned to Rome itself. Appointed by the Senate as dictator, the city abounds with rumors asserting that Caesar wishes to be made king - the first such that Rome has had in centuries. And that not all of his opposition has been crushed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finally a reader I can listen to

    • By Carol on 06-05-10

    Regular price: $20.97