Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome
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... show more
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 amysterious 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.
Publish date: March 4th 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
Series: Rome (#1)
Started reading this before a move and never got to finish. I can't wait to pick it back up, was a great story from the start.
Starting with the earliest days of Rome (even before Romulus & Remus), Roma winds its way like the Tiber river through the history of the Roman empire. The novel is structured as a series of vignettes, from before Roma was city up until the period shortly after Caesar's death. The novel works well a...
Dense but engrossing historical novel set in Rome. The ancient era isn't my favorite but Saylor is clearly a historian who knows his stuff, and the novel is packed with details. This is the kind of book that makes me want to tour Rome -- I know I'd see everything with a new eye.
As I read Roma, I was reminded of Sarum: The Novel of England. Roma has the same sweeping historical span while remaining in one geographical location. I can't speak for the historical accuracy, although I'm sure Mr. Saylor did his research; but the characters were real and intriguing. While this...
***I won this book as part of a Goodreads Firstreads Giveaway! Review to follow when book is received***