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Steven Saylor was born in Texas in 1956 and graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. He is is the author of Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome (2010), a follow-up to the international bestseller Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (2007). These two epic novels comprise a multi-generational saga that spans the first 1200 years of the city, from Iron Age trading post to the height of empire under Hadrian.
Steven is also the author of the ROMA SUB ROSA series of historical mysteries featuring Gordianus the Finder and set in the ancient Rome of Cicero, Caesar, and Cleopatra. Steven is now at work on the next volume in the series, a prequel that will take the young Gordianus to the Seven Wonders of the World.
Steven’s books have been published in 21 languages: English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Finnish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian-Portuguese, Polish, Greek, Magyar (Hungarian), Serbian, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Korean, Indonesian, and Romanian.
Steven’s first short story about Gordianus, “A Will Is a Way,” won the 1993 Robert L. Fish Award from the Mystery Writers of America. All the Gordianus short stories have been collected in two volumes, The House of the Vestals (1997) and A Gladiator Dies Only Once (2005). “The Eagle and the Rabbit,” a short story about Rome v. Carthage (outside the Roma Sub Rosa series), appeared in the 2010 anthology Warriors.
Steven has been a newspaper and magazine editor, and a literary agent. Steven is not much given to autobiography, but the late, great editor John Preston coaxed him into writing three very personal essays included in Preston’s ground-breaking anthologies. In Hometowns, Steven wrote about his small Texas hometown; in A Member of the Family, he wrote about the death of his mother; in Friends and Lovers, he wrote about his relationship with Rick Solomon, his partner since 1976 (Steven and Rick were were married in California in 2008).
He divides his time between homes in Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.
Catilina's Riddle Signed First Edition
Seven Wonders Signed First Edition
Rubicon First Edition
Triumph of Caesar First Edition
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