#Pdf ì The Catiline Conspiracy (SPQR, #2) ⚶ eBook or E-pub free

Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger is now a quaestor, working in the Temple of Saturn, where the treasury is kept He finds an odd assortment of weapons in one of the little used rooms in the temple At the same time, there is a series of seemingly unconnected murders in Rome There is suspicion that they may be connected to a possible conspiracy to overthrow the government, led by Lucius Sergius Catilina Decius is encouraged to look into all this by one of his relatives in the government, so he insinuates himself into Catilina s group, mostly made up of reckless and indebted young men As we all know, Catilina was foiled thanks to Decius. This is the second of the SPQR series by Roberts He s hit his stride here, with humor and intrigue building and the character of young Decius better defined The book is packed with historical tidbits and fascinating cultural information, but presented in an entertaining way.Decius is engaged in the tedious duty of Quaestor, overseeing taxes and disbursement of funds, which mostly consists of him sitting around while accountants and slaves do all the work He stumbles upon a conspiracy that is trying to overthrow the Roman government and runs into an astoundingly beautiful girl Is she merely bait to distract him or something lasting and important The mystery is not all that mysterious to any Roman historian, and the title gives away the story in a sense, but there s still plenty to learn and enjoy. #Pdf ⛈ The Catiline Conspiracy (SPQR, #2) á It Was A Summer Of Glorious Triumph For The Mighty Roman Republic Her Invincible Legions Had Brought All Foreign Enemies To Their Knees But In Rome There Was No Peace The Streets Were Flooded With The Blood Of Murdered Citizens, And There Were Rumors Of Atrocities To Come Decius Caecilius Metellus The Younger Was Convinced A Conspiracy Existed To Overthrow The Government A Sinister Cabal That Could Only Be Destroyed From Within But Admission Into The Traitorous Society Of Evil Carried A Grim Price The Life Of Decius S Closest Friendand Maybe His Own Whoever wrote the blurb for this book didn t read the same story I did The streets were flooded with the blood of murdered citizens, it says I counted five murders, each carried out in a fairly circumspect fashion A city who could still remember the proscriptions of Sulla hardly blinked an eye at five mundane murders The blurb is actually the most dramatic part of this book.I learned a fair amount, not only about the Catiline conspiracy but also about various customs of the time such as the October Horse race and the manner of a truly decadent Roman feast But the fact that I learned so much is the weakness of the book it reads like a dramatized history lesson than a novel There is a lot of exposition, and the important terminology is italicized, as if to remind you that there will be a vocabulary quiz at the end of the book.Still, while the prose doesn t have much heart, it s not really bad, and I do value the information I picked up, so I will probably continue with the series. This second book in the SPQR series was not bad I some ways it is almost a Forrest Gump like story in the sense that the main character seems to end up embroiled in the biggest events of the late Roman Republic Fairly typical detective story aside from the setting. Love this mystery series set in ancient Rome Recurring characters make the history and politics a bit easier to follow this time. In 63 B.C.E., Lucius Sergius Catilina, an aristocrat from one of the oldest families in Rome, planned a coup d etat to overthrow the Roman Senate as then constituted Cicero was Consul that year, at the height of his power The Catiline Conspiracy, as it is now know, was discovered in the nick of time Catilina himself escaped from Rome, but many of his fellow conspirators were arrested Cicero, claiming emergency powers, ordered the execution without trial of 6 of the conspirators His action, while deemed necessary by the Senate, shocked the ruling class of Rome trials were considered the right of every Roman citizen, and the precedent alarmed everyone, smacking as it did of a return to the days of Sulla when the Dictator daily published proscription lists of people who were to be killed on sight This act, although it may arguably have saved the Republic, was Cicero s undoing from the day forward, his power and influence declined, he was always on the defensive about this act, and ultimately, the decree was the origin of his death Catilina himself was killed in a battle against Republican forces, fighting heroically.This historical event is the matrix in which Roberts casts his protagonist, Decius Caecilius Mettelus the Younger Decius plays a crucial role in ferreting out the conspiracy, and, as usual nearly gets himself killed in the process Along the way, he intensifies his feud with Publius Clodius another historical figure , winds up in bed with one unscrupulous woman, and generally upsets the stolid members of his illustrious family.Not as well written as the initial book in the series, The Catiline Conspiracy is still a good read if only for Roberts take on a crucial event in the history of the late Roman Republic Decius is an engaging character through his eyes we see the corruption, veniality, and cynicism of the late Republic Roberts does an excellent job of portraying the everyday life in the late Republic it really comes alive, although the historical accuracy gets a little shaky from time to time The plot is reasonable, and Roberts has plenty of leeway to get his young snoop in and out of trouble. I enjoyed very much the historical aspect of this novel The Catiline conspiracy of the title was a real event, and I the depictions of Roman life, thinking, and belief seem to be accurately portrayed I can t personally say this for certain because I am not an expert, but it feels well researched, and corresponds with the few things that I do know about Roman history The one major blot on the story was the overly descriptive sex scene about three quarters of the way through the book It felt approximately on the upper end of what would be shown in a PG 13 rated movie That scene makes it so that I will not recommend this book to my children and will have to seriously think about whether I will continue reading books in the series a thought that I find disappointing because I did enjoy the rest of the book. I enjoyed this second installment of J.M Roberts SPQR series Though I was familiar with Catilina s character the bearded suspects were no suspense for me any , there were a lot of very good parts in the novel I had a good fill of history, witticisms, useful Latin adages, and plain clever humor that made me laugh out loud a number of times The Catiline Conspiracy makes me look forward to the third book in this series, which is a great thing It only means of Ancient Rome for me. Well, it is of the same from John I did enjoy the book, even though it was on the back of other books that have dealt with the Catiline plot to over throw the government This, for me, took away the suspense of the novel In fact, it was not much of a mystery, of explanation of the historical event from the perspective of government questor, being recruited into the group of conspirators I think have done the dash with this conspiracy.