cover image The Seven Wonders: 
A Novel of the Ancient World

The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World

Steven Saylor. Minotaur, $25.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-312-35984-3

Saylor’s lucky 13th entry in his Roma Sub Rosa series (after 2008’s The Triumph of Caesar) takes Gordianus the Finder on a tour of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. In 92 B.C.E., the Greek poet Antipater has, for obscure reasons, chosen to fake his death and leave Rome, accompanied by Gordianus, his 18-year-old student. At every stop around the eastern Mediterranean, from the temple of Diana in Ephesus to the Pharos Lighthouse in Alexandria, Gordianus has a tricky puzzle to solve. With his insight and attention to detail, Gordianus is able to find the truth in each case before his elders. This prequel marks the start of his successful career as a detective, chronicled in the 12 previous books. As always, Saylor excels at bringing the past alive, in particular by incorporating the political issues of the day into the action. A closing author’s note surveys the many and often conflicting sources of information for the Seven Wonders. Agent: Alan Nevins, Renaissance Literary and Talent. (June)