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The Gates of Rome - Conn Iggulden
The Gates of Rome
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Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend. Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of the most fascinating eras in human history. In a true masterpiece of... show more
Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such a vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly capturing the essence of a land, a people, a legend. Conn Iggulden is just such a writer, bringing to vivid life one of the most fascinating eras in human history. In a true masterpiece of historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a breathtaking journey through ancient Rome, sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions. What emerges is both a grand romantic tale of coming-of-age in the Roman Empire and a vibrant portrait of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth: Julius Caesar.On the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape. At its heart is the city of Rome, a place of glory and decadence, beauty and bloodshed. Against this vivid backdrop, two boys are growing to manhood, dreaming of battles, fame, and glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator, a boy of privilege and ambition to whom much has been given and from whom much is expected. The other is a bastard child, a boy of strength and cunning, whose love for his adoptive family–and his adoptive brother–will be the most powerful force in his life.As young Gaius and Marcus are trained in the art of combat–under the tutelage of one of Rome’s most fearsome gladiators–Rome itself is being rocked by the art of treachery and ambition, caught in a tug-of-war as two rival generals, Marius and Sulla, push the empire toward civil war. 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.The two friends are forced to walk different paths, and by the time they meet again everything will have changed. Both will have known love, loss, and violence. And the land where they were once innocent will be thrust into the grip of bitter conflict–a conflict that will set Roman against Roman...and put their friendship to the ultimate test. Brilliantly interweaving history and adventure, Conn Iggulden conjures a stunning array of contrasts–from the bloody stench of a battlefield to the opulence of the greatest city in history, from the tenderness of a lover to the treachery of an assassin. Superbly rendered, grippingly told, Emperor, The Gates of Rome is a work of vaulting imagination from a powerful new voice in historical fiction.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: mass market paperback
ISBN: 9780440240945 (0440240948)
ASIN: 440240948
Publisher: Dell Books
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
Series: Emperor (#1)
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Sorry kids, no feet.
Sorry kids, no feet. rated it
3.0 The Gates of Rome
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...
allcomic
allcomic rated it
4.0 Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar
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.
Passionate about Books!
Passionate about Books! rated it
4.0 The Gates of 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.
JulieM
JulieM rated it
3.0 The Gates of Rome (Emperor, Book 1)
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...
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susanvoss18 rated it
4.0 The Gates of Rome
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...
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