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The Sacrilege (SPQR, #3) When A Sacret Woman S Rite In The Ancient City Of Rome Is Infiltrated By A Corrupt Patrician Dressed In Female Garb, It Falls To Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus The Younger, Whose Investigative Skills Have Proven Indispensable In The Past, To Unmask The Perpetrators When Four Brutal Slayings Follow, Decius Enlists The Help A Notorious And Dangerous Criminal Together, They Establish A Connection Between The Sacrilege And The Murders, And Track The Offenders From The Lowest Dregs Of Society To The Prominent Elite Of The Upper Class, Finding Corruption And Violence Where Decius Least Expects It.

  • Paperback
  • 256 pages
  • The Sacrilege (SPQR, #3)
  • John Maddox Roberts
  • English
  • 25 May 2017
  • 9780312246976

10 thoughts on “The Sacrilege (SPQR, #3)

  1. says:

    Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger s what a mouthful character is getting better and better with each installment of SPQR I like his verbal sparrings with his insolent slave, Hermes Very very funny And I love the way the book makes you feel like Ancient Rome is your neighborhood J.M Roberts descriptions of Roman life are delightfully vivid.However, some of the characters seem to be one dimensional Publius Clodius Pulcher, for example and his sister, Clodia Clodius was simply portrayed as a mean, bullheaded bordering on the stupid , ugly thug, and Clodia a sinister slut Maybe it s just written from the point of view of Decius, who considers these two his mortal enemies And so I conclude early on in this series that SPQR is fiction than history or a variant interpretation of it as opposed to S Saylor s Roma Sub Rosa series.But those who love Ancient Rome as much as I do will surely have fun reading this Pretty darn good fun.

  2. says:

    Not noteworthy Lost of historical info, but plot is disjointed and not believable I got irritated with main character, who was headstrong stupid in a way that made no sense, and miraculous escapes and plot twists that not believable When a sacred woman s rite in the ancient city of Rome is infiltrated by a corrupt patrician dressed in female garb, it falls to Senator Decuis Caecilius Metellus the Younger, whose investigative skills have proven indispensable in the past, to unmask the perpetrators When four brutal slayings follow, Decius enlists the help a notorious and dangerous criminal Together, they establish a connection between the sacrilege and the murders, and track the offenders from the lowest dregs of society to the prominent elite of the upper class

  3. says:

    This is my favorite of the SPQR series, because the underlying history is so interesting Clodius is discovered disguised as a woman during the performance of the rites of Bona Dea, a goddess sacred to women Men are strictly forbidden to be in the house where the rites are being performed What s , the house in question is that of Gaius Julius Caesar, the pontifex maximus This incident is what provoked Caesar to proclaim Caesar s wife must be above suspicion Decius gets involved because of some murders which seem to be related Another plus is the introduction of two new continuing characters Hermes is Decius new teen age slave, and he s quite cheeky Julia is Decius love interest, and Caesar s fictional niece to boot.

  4. says:

    This series gets better with each book I really like the hero, Decius Cecilius Metellus, and find the author s takes on Titus Milo and Clodius very entertaining The plot used the Bona Dea scandal as a starting point but varied enough from history to make it suspenseful Listened to the audio version which was narrated by John Lee who had just the right sardonic tone for the proceedings.

  5. says:

    I enjoyed this take on the Bona Dea Sacrilege Roberts characterization of Julius Caesar is a total kick It s wonderful to see such a lively, contemporary feeling take on times and people most of us are only exposed to in dry, boring history lectures.

  6. says:

    The third in the adventures of Decius Caecilius Metellus is up to the standards we ve learned to expect from Roberts a fascinating tale well told that leaves you longing to learn .

  7. says:

    Decius uncovers a conspiracy between three of the most powerful men in Rome, but is unable to stop the tide of history.Thankfully, unlike the previous books, he didn t sleep with anyone devious women like Clodia or Aurelia, this time around But his weakness for women did pop up in the form of Julia Minor Caesar s fictional niece , who convinced Decius to let her become a colleague, of sorts, in his investigation She is very strong willed, and very much his equal, and their banter was superb She s definitely his match view spoiler And, if the course as the ending remains in the next book, Decius may be embarking a solid romance with her hide spoiler

  8. says:

    This particular book in the series covers the Bona Dea scandal where Publius Clodius Pulcher, arch nemesis of our fictional protag, sneaks into Julius Caesar s villa that he held for being Pontifex Maximus as a woman, both violating the sacred rites, all to reportedly seduce Caesar s wife Pompeia.Now, the book diverges from history you know, being a fictional piece and all , and goes into some very entertaining conspiracies Still a pretty decent book to listen to, and is done well as always by John Lee

  9. says:

    The second book I ve read from this author and find it just as entertaining as the first I love the Roman characters, their foibles and scheming minds, which is so like political society today It is nicely written and progresses at a good rate so that you can engage with the up and coming Decius and his outlook on and involvement with his contemporaries The historical intricacies of Roman life at the time are subtly introduced as the story progresses at a pleasant rate.

  10. says:

    Following my two year study of ancient Rome, I read these books with a fuller understanding of the Roman traditions and history This book centers on the infamous occasion when a man infiltrated a women s only religious ritual at the house of Julius Caesar This event caused Caesar to divorce his wife with the phrase Caesar s wife must be above suspicion.

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