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Top 5 Historical Fiction Featuring Publius Clodius Pulcher


Publius Clodius Pulcher was an instigator and as unscrupulous as he was good-looking. These qualities and the missing details of his murder make him a perfect character for ancient historical fiction and murder mysteries.

1. The Lock

The Lock
Benita Kane Jaro's novel about Cicero focuses mainly on the history of the antagonism between Cicero and the mob-leading patrician turned plebian, Clodius Pulcher.

2. A Murder on the Appian Way

Murder on the Appian Way
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Steven Saylor based this murder mystery on the actual mystery of the murder of Clodius along the road built and named for one of the ancestors of Clodius (Claudius), Appius Claudius Caecus, the Appian Way.
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3. SPQR III - The Sacrilege

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John Maddox Roberts' sleuth, Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger, finds a connection between murders and the sacrilege committed by Clodius Pulcher.

4. The House of the Vestals

The House of the Vestals
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In the last story in this anthology of Gordianus the Finder stories, by Steven Saylor, Clodius is shown stirring up trouble by any means, as long as it's unethical.

5. Caesar's Women

Caesar's Women
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In "Caesar's Women," the fourth volume of her Masters of Rome saga, Colleen McCullough chronologically covers Clodius, the Bona Dea scandal, and the adoption of Clodius by a plebeian.

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