Excellent book, filled with beautiful and lyrical descriptions of Ancient Rome in the time before Caesar.
The author is certainly more than capable of drawing the reader into old rituals, and stunning scenery with flowing ease and an assurance of research well done on every topic, from poisons to bath houses.
In fact, Steven Saylor includes at the end a list of works he consulted for writing this book, so the curious can go find more for themselves.
I appreciate the tasteful way he describes both sex and sensuality and when he does feel the need to use baser descriptions, they fit very well with the ‘moment’ in the drama.
This is the second of his Roma Sub Rosa series and I look forward to reading the third, even if the ending on this one felt just ever so slightly contrived.