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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Review: Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (Rome #1)

User Review  - Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com - Goodreads

"Roma" by Steven Saylor is a packed historical fiction book which attempts to tell 1,000 years of history in 600 pages. The book succeeds superbly in some parts, but not so much in others. It is ... Read full review

Review: Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome (Rome #1)

User Review  - Harley Gee - Goodreads

For a guy who has not studied Roman History this book was wonderful. Saylor gives a basic outline of the major events in the first millennium BC by weaving a narrative around these classic stories ... Read full review

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Contents

A Stop on the Salt Route 1000 B C
1
A Demigod Passes Through 850 BC
19
The Twins 757716 B C 49
105
The Twelve Tables 450449 B C
179
The Vestal 393373 B C
211
The Architect of His Own Fortune 312279 B C
283
Scipios Shadow 216183 B C
341
Friend of the Gracchi 146121 B C
399
Heads in the Forum 8174 B C
457
Caesars Heir 441 B C
487
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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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