Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

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Macmillan, Mar 6, 2007 - Fiction - 555 pages
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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.

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Amazing book, if you like historical renditions. - Goodreads
But it was just so boring and difficult to read. - Goodreads
Great historical read of Ancient Rome. Well researched. - Goodreads
good intro into Roman history. - Goodreads
The characters and the plot suffered the loss. - Goodreads
Vivid story telling. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jennifer Shockley-daniels - Goodreads

Great novelization of Rome at its beginning. Really good introduction for those not familiar. The storytelling weaves seamlessly in and out of historical facts. Read full review

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User Review  - Trenton - Goodreads

Epic historical novel. In the tradition of Follett's World Without End. Well researched. I learned a lot and enjoyed the storyline. One downside is that, since this book spans such a large time frame ... Read full review

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Steven Saylor (born March 23, 1956) is an American author of historical novels. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and Classics. Although he also has written novels about Texas history, Saylor's best-known work is his Roma Sub Rosa series, set in ancient Rome. The novels' hero is a detective named Gordianus the Finder, active during the time of Sulla, Cicero, Julius Caesar, and Cleopatra. He divides his time residing in California and texas.

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