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Roma (2007)

by Steven Saylor

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Series: Novels of Ancient Rome (1)

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I liked this book because it gives one a great overview of history in such a readable format. The device (a flying phallus) seemed a bit artificial at times, but nevertheless served to move the story along. I prefer Saylor's Pax Romana mystery series as the characters are more detailed and the background more richly drawn. However, as a potboiling historical novel, it was definitely a fun read. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book was not what I expected. Probably because I bought it so long ago. It traces a family from the beginnings of Roma to Augustus Caesar by a family heirloom. The only problems for me were the ever changing character names and when I liked a story it quickly changed to a new generation. Overall it was well written and now I want to find more historical fiction surrounding Ancient Rome. ( )
  i.should.b.reading | Jan 15, 2016 |
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells the history of Rome through one's family's lineage, traced by the wearing of an amulet. Spanning from 1000 BC to 1 BC, it seems to be fairly accurate, if I remember my history properly ... and yet entertaining as it is told in prose rather than dry facts. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
Multiple generational novel of Rome from its creation through the Republic. Adds possible fictional details to some of the myths and stories about Rome. Simply written, little depth. ( )
  blbrown | Apr 24, 2015 |
I love all of Steven Saylor's writings, since he brings the ancient world to life and somehow binds the reader to the book's characters with an emotion that endures. The added bonus is that you can actually learn some history along the way. This book recounts the history of Rome, giving a likely scenario of how diverse legendary characters developed. It is a great read, as are all his books. I am going to read the 7 Wonders next ( )
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Like James Michener, Saylor the novelist (A Gladiator Dies Only Once, 2005, etc.) is upstaged by Saylor the historian—except when he suggests that history itself is fact-based fiction.
added by Christa_Josh | editKirkus Reviews (Feb 1, 2007)
 
This work will attract a different fan base from Saylor's other work (e.g., Arms of Nemesis ) but should prove appealing to history and political buffs who enjoy comparing our current events with ancient Rome
added by Christa_Josh | editLibrary Journal, Mary K. Bird-Guilliams (Feb 1, 2007)
 
Author of the critically acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mysteries, Saylor (The Judgment of Caesar) breaks out on an epic scale in this sprawling novel tracing Rome's extraordinary development over five centuries, as seen through the eyes of succeeding generations of one of its founding families.
added by Christa_Josh | editPublishers Weekly (Nov 27, 2006)
 

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To the shade of Titus Livius, known in English as Livy, who preserved for us the earliest tales of earliest Rome.
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As they rounded a bend in the path that ran beside the river, Lara recognized the silhouette of a fig tree atop a nearby hill.
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Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.
Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city's first thousand years -- from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome's republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.
Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome's first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans: One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a
mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself.
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Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city and its people.
     Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of the city's first thousand years -- from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capitol of the most powerful empire in history. Roma recounts the tragedy of the hero-traitor Coriolanus, the capture of the city by the Gauls, the invasion of Hannibal, the bitter political struggles of the patricians and plebeians, and the ultimate death of Rome's republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.
     Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Rome's first families, the Potitius and Pinarius clans:  One is the confidant of Romulus. One is born a slave and tempts a Vestal virgin to break her vows. One becomes a mass murderer. And one becomes the heir of Julius Caesar. Linking the generations is a
mysterious talisman as ancient as the city itself.
     Epic in every sense of the word, Roma is a panoramic historical saga and Saylor's finest achievement to date.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:49 -0400)

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