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Steven Saylor (born March 23, 1956) is an American author of historical novels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics.
Saylor's best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, set in ancient Rome. The novels' hero is a detective named Gordianus the Finder, active during the time of Sulla, Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra. Outside this crime novel series, Saylor has also written two epic-length historical novels about the city of Rome, Roma and Empire. His work has been published in 21 languages.
Saylor has also written two novels set in Texas. A Twist at the End, featuring O. Henry, is set in Austin in the 1880s and based on real-life serial murders and trials (the case of the so-called Servant Girl Annihilator).
Saylor contributed autobiographical essays to three anthologies of gay writing edited by John Preston, Hometowns, A Member of the Family, and Friends and Lovers, and prior to his novel-writing career he published gay erotic fiction under the pen name Aaron Travis.
He splits his time between California and Texas.
Steven Saylor Bibliography
Roma Sub Rosa Series
- Roman Blood - 1991
- Arms of Nemesis - 1992
- Catilina's Riddle - 1993
- The Venus Throw - 1995
- A Murder on the Appian Way - 1996
- The House of Vestals - 1997
- Rubicon - 1999
- Last Seen in Massilia - 2000
- A Mist of Prophecies - 2002
- The Judgment of Caesar - 2004
- A Gladiator Dies Only Once - 2005
- The Triumph of Caesar - 2008
- The Seven Wonders - 2012
- Raiders of the Nile - 2014
- Wrath of Furies - 2015
- The Throne of Caeser - 2018
- Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome - 2007
- Empire: The Novel of Imperial Rome - 2010
- Dominus: A Novel of the Roman Empire - June 2021
- A Twist at the End - 2000
- Have You Seen Dawn? - 2003
- Future, Present, Past - 2013
- My Mother's Ghost - 2013
- A Bookish Bent - 2013
Uncollected Short Stories
- “Ill Seen in Tyre” (2014), in the cross-genre anthology Rogues, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
Steven Saylor Awards
- Mystery Writers of America Robert L. Fish Memorial Award - 1993
- Lambda Literary Award - 1993
- Writers' League of Texas Violet Crown Award - 2001
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