A very fun prequel to the Roma Sub Rosa historical mystery series, with a young Gordianus the Finder traveling the ancient world to see the seven wonders with his tutor, the famous poet, Antipater. The historical background was wonderful, of course, although this is fiction, and Saylor takes some license with the “facts.” Each wonder is accompanied by a mystery, and Gordianus tries to solve each of them, learning (and loving) along the way. There’s a secret concerning Antipater, too, which foreshadows the political situation back home in Rome.
Stephen Plunkett does a terrific job with the narration. This is the first time I’ve listened to him read, and I will definitely add him to my list of favorites.
So, this apparently means that Saylor will be continuing this Novels of Ancient Rome series, and I hope Gordianus returns soon.