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 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dbsovereign - LibraryThing
I liked this book because it gives one a great overview of history in such a readable format. The device (a flying phallus) seemed a bit artificial at times, but nevertheless served to move the story ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells the history of Rome through one's family's lineage, traced by the wearing of an amulet. Spanning from 1000 BC to 1 BC, it seems to be fairly accurate, if I ... Read full review
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