Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar
From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions, Conn Iggulden brings us a magnificent novel of ancient Rome—and of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on... show more
From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions, Conn Iggulden brings us a magnificent novel of ancient Rome—and of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth. In a city of grandeur and decadence, beauty and bloodshed, two boys, best friends, dream of glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator. The other is a bastard child. As young Gaius and Marcus grow to manhood, they are trained in the art of combat—under the tutelage of one of Rome’s most fearsome gladiators. For Marcus, a bloody campaign in Greece will become a young soldier’s proving ground. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win. But as Rome is thrust into the grip of bitter conflict, as every Roman prepares to take sides in the coming battle, Gaius and Marcus’s friendship will be put to the ultimate test.…
Publish date: June 23rd 2009
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
Series: Emperor (#1)
My knowledge of Julius Caesar is limited to what they teach you in high school. Based on the high school I went to, I'm going to guess even that knowledge is very limited and potentially inaccurate. Maybe it was my limited knowledge that made me feel rather "meh" about this novel. If I didn't know t...
Started off slow, but really ramped up. Lots of cool stuff will be interesting to see what happens in the following books. Admittedly I've forgotten a lot about Julius Caesar and Rome.
If you are looking for a book that is historically correct, this book is not for you. But since it was written as historical "fiction", I still found it to be an enjoyable read.I give it 3.5 stars upgraded to 4.
The Gates of Rome is the starting book of Iggulden's Emperor series that chronicles the life of Julius Caesar. This first book takes us from Julius' childhood growing up with Marcus Brutus (yes, of 'et tu Brute' fame!), until he joins a Roman legion in Greece during his late teens. Although the de...
I love this section of history, and not just for all the dramatized literature, TV, and movies the life of Julius Caesar has inspired. So it would be hard for me to not enjoy a historical fiction based on this man’s life. The Gates of Rome does not disappoint. Conn Iggulden captured the early life o...