The Seven Wonders

The Seven Wonders

A Novel of the Ancient World

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
A prequel to the best-selling Roma Sub Rosa series traces 18-year-old Gordianus's journey to the Seven Wonders of the World, each of which pose a mystery that challenges his budding powers of deduction and the tenacity of celebrated poet Antipater of Sidon, who fakes his death to accompany young Gordianus.

McMillan Palgrave
The year is 92 B.C. Gordianus has just turned eighteen and is about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: a far-flung journey to see the Seven Wonders of the World. Gordianus is not yet called “the Finder”—but at each of the Seven Wonders, the wide-eyed young Roman encounters a mystery to challenge the powers of deduction.

Accompanying Gordianus on his travels is his tutor, Antipater of Sidon, the world’s most celebrated poet. But there is more to the apparently harmless old poet than meets the eye. Before they leave home, Antipater fakes his own death and travels under an assumed identity. Looming in the background are the first rumblings of a political upheaval that will shake the entire Roman world.

Teacher and pupil journey to the fabled cities of Greece and Asia Minor, and then to Babylon and Egypt. They attend the Olympic Games, take part in exotic festivals, and marvel at the most spectacular constructions ever devised by mankind. Along the way they encounter murder, witchcraft and ghostly hauntings. Traveling the world for the first time, Gordianus discovers that amorous exploration goes hand-in-hand with crime-solving. The mysteries of love are the true wonders of the world, and at the end of the journey, an Eighth Wonder awaits him in Alexandria. Her name is Bethesda.

& Taylor

Eighteen-year-old Gordianus embarks on a quest in politically restless 92 B.C. to see the world's Seven Wonders accompanied by a celebrated poet who fakes his own death to travel under an assumed identity.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312359843
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY SAY
Characteristics: 321 p. :,map ;,25 cm.


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Mar 07, 2014

The Seven Wonders --- by Steven Saylor. The adventures of a young man and his teacher as they travel about the ancient world to see the seven wonders, this novel is not too difficult, not too demanding, engaging but not riveting. Not exactly an action novel --- no mounds of corpses or cities laid waste --- but none the less worth reading as pleasant entertainment. This couldn’t by any stretch be considered adolescent fiction, could it?

bookfanatic1979 Jan 14, 2014

This is great whether you’re new to the Roma Sub Rosa series, or if (like me) you’re an old fan and have read them all. Either way, it’s a very entertaining look at how it all began. I’m uncertain if this is the first in a new series of prequels, or if it’s just a one shot deal.

Aug 11, 2013

Saylor gave very interesting information and excellent references about the 7 Wonders, but these short stories were “Dull and Slow Paced” compared to his previous books which I admire. In his author’s notes he says they were originally published as separate short stories for various magazines. In the last chapter and the author’s notes, Saylor returns to the accomplished author we all know and love,

Apr 15, 2013

Good series of short stories set in Ancient Rome. A young budding detetective goes on a tour of the Seven Wonders with his mentor, and at each solves a mystery. Good addition to the Gordianus the Finder series.


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Oct 30, 2012

But you'll find the world holds many other wonders, made not of stone and bronze, but of flesh and blood.

Oct 30, 2012

The threat of divine punishment is often invoked by mortals for the sake of their own self-interest.

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