: Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( ): Conn Iggulden: Books. From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething. From the spectacle of gladiatorial combat to the intrigue of the Senate, from the foreign wars that secure the power of the empire to the betrayals that threaten to.
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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 historical fiction, Iggulden takes us on a breathtaking journey through ancient Ro 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.
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: On the lush Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape.
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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. Igghlden 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.
EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome
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 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. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published February by Dell Books first published November 26th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Gates of Romeplease sign up. I’m a school librarian His writing style doesn’t put too much …more I haven’t read this book but I have read the Conqueror series by Conn Iggulden, which is about Ghengis Khan.
His writing style doesn’t put too much emphasis on the violence itself, more on the results of the violence.
There’s a few sex scenes but the most detail it goes into is roughly “She undid her deel coat and it slipped from her body”. So I honestly think this should be fine, unless The Emperor series is written differently.
See 1 question about The Gates of Rome…. Lists with This Book. Dec 03, Will M. I’ve been amazed by quite a few historical fiction already, but none of this specific genre.
Rome is one of my favorite places ever since I was young. I aced my third year in high school where we had Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Gatse. Those 3 are my main interest, kindly include Russian History but I haven’t read anything about that though. I know that this novel is high on the inaccuracy, but the author made a note in the end anyway.
He said that he intentionally had to do the inaccuracy to ma I’ve been amazed by quite a few historical fiction already, but none of this specific genre. He said that he intentionally had to do the inaccuracy to make the plot a lot better. I honestly didn’t mind the inaccuracies, even though I’m a semi huge history buff. I gated the novel really interesting despite og issue. I know most of the people who hated this didn’t like the inaccuracies, so I guess that goes to show that people have different opinions.
Both focused heavily on war and military. I will surely read more of the genre. This has to be one of my favorite reads of I’m now reminded to make a top-something reads of shelf. Something about the coonn and characters really made me enjoy this novel. It felt very, historical.
The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1) by Conn Iggulden
It delivered the setting tome was supposed to. It felt like living in Rome at some parts. The characters were really great. Gaius, Marcus, Renius, etc were awesome. Almost all of them were fully developed and contributed a lot more to the plot than possible.
conm Highly recommended to those who can stand the historical inaccuracies. That was the only problem I saw that might hinder you from enjoying this. Aside from that, this was near perfect. I didn’t rate this a 5 because it didn’t blow me away, unlike the other 5 star novels I’ve read in the past. You’ll be reading about Gaius and Marcus’ journey from childhood to manhood. It’s not that annoying to be honest, unlike some YA books I’ve read.
It read more like a historical fiction book, just like it was supposed to. View all 7 comments. Jun 19, David rated it did not like it Shelves: In his historical note afterward, Iggulden does mention that most of Julius Caesar’s childhood is a mystery to historians.
Iggulden could be forgiven for taking his liberties in with this William Bernhardt, author of Nemesis, is quoted on The Gates of Rome as saying iygulden Robert Graves did for Claudius, Conn Iggulden now does for Iggulden could be forgiven for taking his liberties in with this period of the future dictator’s life without taking too much flack if only because his theories could not be disproven.
However, there is little excuse for how he bastardized the competition between Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Iggulden portarys Marius as being a populist infinitely younger than he was iggulren the time Julius Caesar was born. Sulla is reduced to being an implied deviant obsessed with worshiping Aphrodite, but may still be a brilliant roke in his spare time. Other than Sulla marching on Rome, both events are purely fiction. Marius died weeks after assuming his unprecedented seventh consulship.
Sulla went on to fill the vacuum left by Marius death, ivgulden would peacefully resign the powers of a dictator after reforming the Roman constitution.
Both men were far better than the shallow, vain political power-mongers Iggulden paints them as. Leaving aside his glaring fictionalization, Iggulden iiggulden to delight in creating wholly unappealing main characters.
I found it difficult to care about Caesar, who fluctuates between igulden aristocratic child and rich California play boy during the course of the book. His childhood friend, the fictitious Marcus, is little more than a two-dimensional exploration of a wanna-be Legionnaire.
Rme appearances in the novel after leaving Caesar in Rome have a tacked on feel and do little more than jarringly move the reader from one part of the ancient Mediterranean world to the other. The only part of Igggulden fictional experiment that works is his secondary characters.
They keep the book entertaining, but largely fall into the crushing stereotypes of the surrogate father Tuburkthe mentor Reniusthe fortune-teller Caberaand the first love Alexandria. If they were played by actors, a critic would praise them for managing to make the most out of a horribly written screenplay with ineptly designed characters. I may gayes been spoiled by Graves’ duology on Claudius and McCullough’s Master of Rome series, but romr leaves Iggulden little excuse to mass produce such historical garbage.
I would rank both series as infinitely superior to Gates of Rome, and definitely say that HBO’s Rome series was far better at capturing Rome as it rime knowing full well all its flaws than this novel. Reading the remainder of the series would be enjoyable only to pick Iggulden apart. Nov 14, Lizzy rated it really liked it Shelves: Conn Iggulden vivid imagination and superior prose make of The Gates of Rome a great historical fiction.
But as such it is thoroughly a compelling read. What emerges is a coming of age rme set in the Roman Empire, where the author imagines a vibrant characterization of the early years of the man who would become the most powerful ruler of his era.
In a note, Iggulden does mention that most of Julius Conn Iggulden vivid imagination and superior prose make of The Gates of Rome a dome historical fiction. In a note, Iggulden does mention that most of Julius Caesar’s childhood is a mystery to historians. If you are not looking for historical accuracy, this is an adventure story that will capture your attention and grant a few hours of an entertaining read. The Gates of Rome is the first of four books of the Emperor series that portrays the life of Julius Caesar, from boyhood through to his violent death.
Now on to the second volume, The Death of Kings. Recommended for fans of historical fiction. Aug 26, Choko rated it liked it Shelves: