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The Tribune's Curse (1996)

de John Maddox Roberts

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Decius Caecilius Metellus is happy. The weather is beautiful and he is standing for office (literally; standing, in the Roman Forum soliciting votes) with a sure chance of winning. And Caesar's ongoing dreary war is far off in Gaul. Decius is confident that another war looming over Rome, instigated by one Crassus against the Parthians (for no reason but possible worldly gain); will be voted down in the Senate. But the vote does not stop Crassus. On the day he and his troops set out from Rome, the Tribune Ateius Capitus, leader of the opposition, shrieks an ancient and terrible curse over the huge crowd assembled -- a curse that frightens not only the man in the street but the highest Romans. When Ateius is murdered soon after, Decius, solver of past mysteries, has the ugly task of finding the killer. Fascinating details of Rome's mixed attitudes about the power of magic and the practice of rational politics illuminate this latest of Roberts's strong historical mysteries.… (més)
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an arcane curse put all Rome at risk
  ritaer | Jul 4, 2021 |
A tribune calls down a curse on Crassus as he leaves on his expedition to conquer Parthia. Decius is tasked with finding out who put the tribune up to it and taught him the secret rituals he was not supposed to know.

Nice twisty investigation based on a real incident and very atmospheric with the creepy stuff. Shame about the death of a recurring character. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Dec 19, 2019 |
An amusing little mystery that Roman history buffs may get a kick out of. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 19, 2011 |
Another fascinating view of ancient Rome and Roman life, though this time the novelistic underpinning seemed a little lax to me. Decius, however, is always good company, and the book is well worth reading. ( )
  annbury | Sep 17, 2010 |
Plot: It's the kind of slightly convoluted mix of ancient Roman politics, ancient Roman gossip, and a crime story that's usual for this series. Good overall pacing, although the crime story itself suffers somewhat by the main character's occasional confusion and tendency to get sidetracked.

Characters: Great characterizations for the historical figures as well as the fictional central character. It builds up over the series, but he has a very distinctive voice here and is easily recognizable, as are most of the recurring minor characters.

Style: The story is set in Rome, which makes for the most entertaining installments in the series. A lot of attention to details of city life, with plenty of daily life scenes. Enough background info to make the setting come alive.

Plus: Plenty of attention for the historical minor characters.

Minus: For a crime story, the essential hints come quite late.

Summary: Excellent entertainment, but better approached as a novel rather than a detective story. ( )
  surreality | Aug 21, 2007 |
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Dingman, Alan D.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Decius Caecilius Metellus is happy. The weather is beautiful and he is standing for office (literally; standing, in the Roman Forum soliciting votes) with a sure chance of winning. And Caesar's ongoing dreary war is far off in Gaul. Decius is confident that another war looming over Rome, instigated by one Crassus against the Parthians (for no reason but possible worldly gain); will be voted down in the Senate. But the vote does not stop Crassus. On the day he and his troops set out from Rome, the Tribune Ateius Capitus, leader of the opposition, shrieks an ancient and terrible curse over the huge crowd assembled -- a curse that frightens not only the man in the street but the highest Romans. When Ateius is murdered soon after, Decius, solver of past mysteries, has the ugly task of finding the killer. Fascinating details of Rome's mixed attitudes about the power of magic and the practice of rational politics illuminate this latest of Roberts's strong historical mysteries.

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