Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome



Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome Este Livro Uma Saga Pica De Roma, Da Cidade E Do Povo Romano, Que Abraca Um Per Odo De Um Milhar De Anos E Acompanha As Aventuras E Desventuras De Duas Fam Lias, Ao Longo De Sucessivas Gera Es Entretecendo A Hist Ria, A Lenda E As Mais Recentes Descobertas Arqueol Gicas Numa Narrativa Fascinante, Confere Nova Vida Aos Dramas Vividos Nos Primeiros Mil Anos Da Cidade Desde A Sua Funda O Pelos Malfadados R Mulo E Remo At Ao Ass Nio De J Lio C Sar Uma Epopeia Em Todos Os Sentidos Da Palavra E O T Tulo Mais Aclamado De Saylor.

10 thoughts on “Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

  1. says:

    Roma is the story of Rome over a massive arc of time from the mists of prehistory to the supremacy of Augustus and the establishment of Empire The story is told from the perspective of two families the Potitii and Pinarii The story follows these two families as they pass through time as witnesses and frequently victims to great events.I m not sure that this book will be everyone s cup of tea, but I enjoyed it immensely I read a lot of historical fiction set in the Roman era I always felt as if I lacked a certain amount of context and understanding of some of the background I knew that there were Roman Kings that had been replaced by a republic I knew vaguely about Romulus and Remus I knew about Sulla and Marius But I really didn t have a feel for these great events and people Roma brings these people and events to life Reading Roma I had a front seat view into the growth and evolution of that great city Having read Roma I feel as if I will better appreciate other historical fiction set in the Roman period.The weakness of the book is at the same time its strength The book is really broken up into a series of short stories and these are mixed Some are spectacular The story of the vestal virgin who breaks her vows was moving and heartbreaking Other stories are weaker My own sense is that the stories of the earlier period were better than the later period as the mists of time allow the author a litt...

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    This was an astonishingly bad book It ranks among the worst historical fictions I have ever had the misfortune of encountering.I ll give Saylor points for concept an historical novel covering the history of Rome from its founding to the end of the republic is a formidable and praiseworthy undertaking However, sailing solo around the world is also a formidable praiseworthy undertaking, but if you forget to pack your lunch that just makes you a twat with an inflated view of your capabilities This book was to Steven Saylor as sailing around the world solo would be to anyone likely to forget their lunch Rather than break my will to live flailing against the towering precipice that is this book s awfulness, I shall focus merely on the one aspect that, for me, made it astonishingly bad, rather than just plain, commonal garden bad exposition I have never encountered a book in which plot exposition was handled this poorly I know a guy who writes stories for fun, and his plots are exposed about this badly, but he ll never get published, god willing To cover off roughly a millenia of history in a barely reasonable length Saylor has to skip decades sometimes centuries at a time b...

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    Steven Saylor definitely took on a huge task when he chose to write a novelized history of Rome from the viewpoint of one of the oldest patrician families, but least known in modern times the Pinarii, and their cousins the Potitii The novel touches on the important turning points of Rome s history, when members of the Pinarii or the Potitii are constantly being caught up in momentous events the sack of Rome by Gauls, the Carthaginian wars, the campaign of Scipio, the dictatorship of Sulla, and so on and actually living the events, with the uncertainty and awe of a person caught up in the middle of something with no idea how it will end The Pinarius or Potitius central to each episode of the book is our main character but not history s main character, and as the family descends through time and is influenced by past character s actions, so are we as readers This is half story, half history, in the Livian vein and a great homage to Livy s history of Rome The facts are mostly solid, and if two facts were available, well we are writing a novel here, not a textbook, and we the writer are allowed to pick whichever one fits the story we want to tell the best I feel compelled now to check a few of Saylor s facts, like was ...

  4. says:

    Excellent fiction If I were to recommend a book to a child in order for them to learn about Romans, this would be it.For the experienced reader, Livy would suffice.

  5. says:

    Marvellous sweeping saga by the author of the Gordianus the Finder books.There are two families, cousins, this is their story interwined with that of Rome From pre history to the end of the Republic, the story of these families moves with that of Rome.I love Steven Saylor s reasoning behind some of the arcane rituals of Roman religiosity Saylor has a lively imagi...

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    An epic biography of the city, spanning a thousand years from the first meeting of traders across the as yet unnamed hills to the rise of Augustus Caesar Legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus are made historical, and Saylor even gives one possible source for the birth of the legends of Hercules and his vanquishing of the monster Cacus Obviously, with a tome this vast, the narrative skips staccato like over decades and centuries, but Saylor makes stops at all the high and low points the rise and fall of the hero turned traitor Coriolanus the sack of Rome by the Gauls the invasion of Hannibal the attempt of the Gracchi to reform the class system and their subsequent assassination the rise and death of Julius Caesar.I was mostly disappointed in this book In many ways it reminded me of Edward Rutherfurd s Sarum, also the epic biography of a city that follows the rise and fall in fortunes of very old families in the city This book has some of Sarum s flaws, as well, especially its didactic, lecturing tone I m a fan of Saylor s Sub Rosa series, and sadly, I didn t get that feel of being totally immersed in a time and culture that I do in the Gordianus books For the most part, these characters don t visit the baths or watch gladiators or visit slave markets or play ancient dice games or walk dusty streets shoulder to shoulder with slaves, soldiers, and philosophers they sit aro...

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    The book starts with the very first people to walk the Tiber route the metal and salt traders, followed by a number of settlers who thought it advantageous to create a market for trade, through Romulus and Remus and the kings of Rome, followed by the tumultuous centuries of the Republic, culminating in the rule of Augustus.The story of Rome is also the story of two patrician families the Potitii and the Pinarii, their rise and fall, successes and misfortunes, their members constantly in the thick of all things.My favourite stories were those of the Vestal Pinaria during the occupation of the city by Goths and the story of Kaeso Fabius Dorso, a friend of Scipio Africanus This was my second time reading this book and though I ve found it just as informative and inspired, I couldn t help noticing the amount of exposition that was going on previous stories retold by characters themselves numerous conversations of the as you know variety, turning this ...

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    Good book, but not as fun as Saylor s Gordianus the Finder novels stories.I think my problem here is the same that I have with lots of historical fiction or at least that branch of historical fiction which tries to cover decades centuries in the course of one novel you don t get to stay with any one character long enough to really care about them The only author I ve read who dealt with this satisfactorily is Edward Rutherfurd I can t recommend his book Sarum enough Every family member he focused on across the scope of British history was strangely similar to his ancestors, so much so that in my head, they all looked like the same person, even though they were separa...

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    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at had no expectations whatsoever going into Steven Saylor s Roma I only stumbled on it by accident, deciding to read it on a whim than anything else I had no comprehension of what I was getting myself into, nor any real grasp of the extensive scope of material covered within these pages This being the case you might understand what a pleasant surprise my ultimate enjoyment of the piece was Most family sagas tell the story a family against the backdrop of history, but Saylor took Roma in the opposite direction, telling the story of Rome through several generations of two ancient households Under Saylor s pen, Rome becomes a character in and of herself, so than any of the individuals through which her story is told It is an approach I d never before encountered and one I found I greatly enjoyed.I have never studied the history of Rome so many of the historic event and mythic legends Saylor incorporates into his work were entirely new to me Not being well versed in the the majority of the material, I found in every chapter something new and fascinating from the rape of Lucretia to the building of the Appian Way, from the founding of the Ara Maxima...

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    Covering 1044 years of history in 550 pages is quite a feat Saylor does it by following two families down through the ages from when Rome was a stop on a salt trading route to the ascension of Octavius to be the first Emperor, Caesar Augustus.Each chapter is a vignette that might even stand alone but is tied to the previous story and the succeeding story by family ties and the passing down of a gold amulet, in the shape of a winged phallus, from generation to generation By so doing Saylor is able to highlight many of the major events in the history of Rome through the eyes of one of the descendants of either the Potitius family or the Pinarius family My favorite is the tale covering the occupation of Rome by the Gauls in 393 92 BC and the subsequent romance between the Vestal Pinaria and the slave Titus atop the Cap...

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