: 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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But he is so glad he gets to deflower his future wife himself; he gets immense satisfaction out of being her first. 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.

Emperor: the gates of Rome

The gates of Rome, is about the youth of Julius Caesar, the most famous Roman who has ever lived. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I just wasn’t keen on this one – I ended up skim reading the second half of the book and skipping to the end.

Historical Fiction Military Fiction Category: Okay, so I get that many people are upset with this book, and I will be the first iiggulden to agree that it is NOT historically accurate. Iggulden admits in his closing historical remarks that he took great liberties with the historical record and proceeds to summarize the real history.

Rarely, if ever, does a new writer dazzle us with such igguldem vivid imagination and storytelling, flawlessly igguleen the essence of a land, a people, a legend. On the romme Italian peninsula, a new empire is taking shape. I found it difficult to care about Caesar, who fluctuates between petulant aristocratic child and rich California play boy during the course of the book.


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I don’t even know much about this history, and yet I can see it. Only a couple of beefs with the novel. Action-packed historical drama Gatse Iggulden seemed to like my review of his “quick read,” Blackwater, almost as much as I enjoyed reading that book. I might try and reread this later in the summer. Emperor The Gates of Rome Author s: Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla are reduced to two pitbulls trying to get at each other’s throats.

Gages was the only problem I saw that might hinder you from enjoying this.

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There is virtually no character development. Setting Nearly everything has taken place in or around the city of Rome, starting with the growing up of Gaius and Marcus on the land of their family, which is followed up by Gaius getting to know the good life in the rich parts of Rome due to his uncle Marius.

I get the legions were strict military unit’s but were they castrated of humor to the point of being the Unsullied? If the Roman Empire had taken as long to rise and fall as this novel takes to discover a main character and a plot, most of the world would still be wearing togas today.

What emerges is both a grand iggulven 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: Leaving aside his glaring fictionalization, Iggulden seems to delight od creating wholly unappealing main characters.

To his stunned subordinates Sulla claims that “he [Julius] reminds me too much of myself” and that there “might be two of Marius in him”. More By and About This Author. I absolutely loved Robert Glenister’s narration of the Comoran Strike series. Ook lezen of kijken. 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. Marius died weeks after assuming his unprecedented seventh consulship.


Thus, you would think it would be geared towards middle-school boys. I know that this novel is high on the inaccuracy, but the author made a note in the end anyway. I concede that MAYBE he was trying to reflect the double standards inherent in Roman culture, but I didn’t get the impression that he was trying to do that with the rest of the book, either, so why start now? His writing style doesn’t put too much emphasis on the violence itself, more on the results of the violence.

Unknown to him, Cornelia is pregnant with his child and has attracted the attention of Sulla.

With all that being said, I hasten to add that I loved Mr. Recommended for fans of historical fiction.

These men follow and support Julius and Brutus through most of their lives. I finished this book over a week ago and have already begun, and finished, the second one iggupden this series ‘The Death of Kings’. Review of the audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister.

The sweetest way to say that I thought it was bad, but maybe it isn’t the authors fault.