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Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

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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 citys first thousand years — from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Romes 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 Romes republic with the triumph, and assassination, of Julius Caesar.

     Witnessing this history, and sometimes playing key roles, are the descendents of two of Romes 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 Saylors finest achievement to date.

Review:

"Author of the critically acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mysteries, Saylor (The Judgment of Caesar) breaks out on an epic scale in this sprawling novel tracing Rome's extraordinary development over five centuries, as seen through the eyes of succeeding generations of one of its founding families. Skipping over several generations at a time, Saylor puts the Potitii family descendants at the side of Romulus and Remus at the official founding of the city; of Scipio Africanus during the Punic Wars; of the legendary reformers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus during the turbulent second-century B.C.; and of Julius and Augustus Caesar as the Republic ebbs into Empire. Solidly anchored in fact and vividly imagined, this long book moves at a sprightly clip and features some vibrant personages. One of the most memorable is Pinaria, a Vestal Virgin who loses her innocence to a enigmatic slave, and secondaries such as the deformed giant Cacus who terrorizes the early Roman settlement. Linked by blood and by a gold amulet (in the shape of a winged phallus) that is passed from generation to generation, the Potitii family gets to see some fascinating things." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[Roma] invites comparison to such landmarks of the genre as Mary Renault's The King Must Die....With its compact, discreet chapters, Roma may initially seem closer to a series of short stories than a novel, but by the end, those stories have cohered into one, enthralling whole." USA Today

Review:

"Livy meets Michener in this sprawling, episodic 1,000-year novel of the rise of ancient Rome from its first settlement to the assassination of Julius Caesar....Saylor's gift for dramatic narrative brings alive familiar tales from Roman history...touching and compelling." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This work will attract a different fan base from Saylor's other work (e.g., Arms of Nemesis) but should prove appealing to history and political buffs who enjoy comparing our current events with ancient Rome." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Seven Saylor is the author of the critically acclaimed historical mystery novels set in ancient Rome, the Roma Sub Rosa, featuring Gordianus the Finder. He has appeared repeatedly on the History Channel as an expert on Roman politics and life. He divides his time between Berkeley, California, and Austin, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312328313
Subtitle:
A Novel of Ancient Rome
Author:
Saylor, Steven
Author:
Saylor, Steven W.
Publisher:
St. Martin's Griffin
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Rome History.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
March 6, 2007
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes 13 maps plus one genealogical c
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.46 x 6.5 x 1.7 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Author of the critically acclaimed Roma Sub Rosa series of historical mysteries, Saylor (The Judgment of Caesar) breaks out on an epic scale in this sprawling novel tracing Rome's extraordinary development over five centuries, as seen through the eyes of succeeding generations of one of its founding families. Skipping over several generations at a time, Saylor puts the Potitii family descendants at the side of Romulus and Remus at the official founding of the city; of Scipio Africanus during the Punic Wars; of the legendary reformers Tiberius and Gaius Gracchus during the turbulent second-century B.C.; and of Julius and Augustus Caesar as the Republic ebbs into Empire. Solidly anchored in fact and vividly imagined, this long book moves at a sprightly clip and features some vibrant personages. One of the most memorable is Pinaria, a Vestal Virgin who loses her innocence to a enigmatic slave, and secondaries such as the deformed giant Cacus who terrorizes the early Roman settlement. Linked by blood and by a gold amulet (in the shape of a winged phallus) that is passed from generation to generation, the Potitii family gets to see some fascinating things." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Roma] invites comparison to such landmarks of the genre as Mary Renault's The King Must Die....With its compact, discreet chapters, Roma may initially seem closer to a series of short stories than a novel, but by the end, those stories have cohered into one, enthralling whole."
"Review" by , "Livy meets Michener in this sprawling, episodic 1,000-year novel of the rise of ancient Rome from its first settlement to the assassination of Julius Caesar....Saylor's gift for dramatic narrative brings alive familiar tales from Roman history...touching and compelling."
"Review" by , "This work will attract a different fan base from Saylor's other work (e.g., Arms of Nemesis) but should prove appealing to history and political buffs who enjoy comparing our current events with ancient Rome."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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