The Gates of Rome

The Gates of RomeRarely, 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 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 Julius Caesar On The Lush Italian Peninsula, A New Empire Is Taking Shape 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 For 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 And The Land Where They Were Once Innocent Will Be Thrust Into The Grip Of Bitter Conflict A Conflict That Will Set Roman Against Romanand Put Their Friendship To The Ultimate Test 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 From The Hardcover Edition

C.F Iggulden.I was born in the normal way in 1971, and vaguely remember half pennies and sixpences I have written for as long as I can remember poetry, short stories and novels It s what I always wanted to do and read English at London University with writing in mind I taught English for seven years and was Head of English at St Gregory s RC High School in London by the end of that period I have enormous respect for those who still labour at the chalk face In truth, I can t find it in me to miss the grind of paperwork and initiatives I do miss the camaraderie of the smokers room, as well as the lessons where their faces lit up as they understood what I was wittering on about.My mother is Irish and from an early age she told me history as an exciting series of stories with dates My great grandfather was a Seannachie, so I suppose story telling is in the genes somewhere My father flew in Bomber Command in WWII, then taught maths and science Perhaps crucially, he also loved poetry and cracking good tales Though it seems a dated idea now, I began teaching when boys were told only girls were good at English, despite the great names that must spring to mind after that statement My father loved working with wood and equations, but he also recited Vitai Lampada with a gleam in his eye and that matters, frankly.I ve always loved historical fiction as a genre and cut my teeth on Hornblower and Tai Pan, Flashman, Sharpe and Jack Aubrey I still remember the sheer joy of reading my first Patrick O Brian book and discovering there were nineteen in the series I love just about anything by David Gemmell, or Peter F Hamilton or Wilbur Smith I suppose the one thing that links all those is the love of a good tale.That s about it for the moment If you d like to get in touch with me leave a comment in the forum or you can tweet me Conn_Iggulden I ll leave it there for the moment If you ve read my books, you know an awful lot about the way I think already There s no point overdoing it.Conn Iggulden

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • The Gates of Rome
  • Conn Iggulden
  • English
  • 10 August 2018
  • 9780440240945

10 thoughts on “The Gates of Rome

  1. says:

    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 History 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 make the plot a lot better I honestly didn t mind the inaccuracies, even though I m a semi huge history buff I found the novel really interesting despite the 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 I now conclude that I love reading about military and war fiction non fiction I m also currently reading The Thousand Names by Django Wexler, and I m enjoying it a lot Both focused heavily on war and military I will surely read of the genre.This has to be one of my favorite reads of 2015 I m now reminded to make a top something reads of 2015 shelf Something about the setting and characters really made me enjoy this novel It felt very, historical It delivered the setting it 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 to the plot than possible 4 5 stars 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 Another note too that this felt a bit like a young adult coming of age kind of novel 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 like a historical fiction book, just like it was supposed to.

  2. says:

    William Bernhardt, author of Nemesis, is quoted on The Gates of Rome as saying what Robert Graves did for Claudius, Conn Iggulden now does forJulies Caesar This would be true of Robert Graves was a thriller writing moron willing to ignore factual history at a moment s notice for mere literary convenience.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 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 by the time Julius Caesar was born Sulla is reduced to being an implied deviant obsessed with worshiping Aphrodite, but may still be a brilliant general in his spare time In the book s climatic final battle, Sulla murders Marius outside a siege of Rome while Marius shouts to his legion to burn the city 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, but 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 seems to delight in creating wholly unappealing main characters 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 His childhood friend, the fictitious Marcus, is little than a two dimensional exploration of a wanna be Legionnaire His appearances in the novel after leaving Caesar in Rome have a tacked on feel and do little than jarringly move the reader from one part of the ancient Mediterranean world to the other.The only part of Iggulden s fictional experiment that works is his secondary characters They keep the book entertaining, but largely fall into the crushing stereotypes of the surrogate father Tuburk , the mentor Renius , the fortune teller Cabera , and 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 have been spoiled by Graves duology on Claudius and McCullough s Master of Rome series, but that 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 was knowing full well all its flaws than this novel Reading the remainder of the series would be enjoyable only to pick Iggulden apart.

  3. says:

    Conn Iggulden vivid imagination and superior prose make of The Gates of Rome a great historical fiction Most of Julius Caesar s growing up years are a mystery, so this is basically a work of fiction But as such it is thoroughly a compelling read What emerges is a coming of age tale 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 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._____

  4. says:

    3 I think most people faced with a work of Historical Fiction based on well researched and known historical characters, tend to look for the historical truth, despite knowing that the works are romanticized and fictionalized I think in the case of Gaius Julius Caesar it would be even harder to take dramatic licenses and let the author s imagination run free, because he is such a famous figure in history, it is hard to create timelines without being called on it In this book the author does a great job portraying the youth of the future Dictator of Rome and his fictional best friend Marcus Things get a bit murkier once we involve the also very famous populist general and Gaius s uncle Gaius Marius This was a man larger than life and with countless wins on the battlefield, but better known for changing the requirements for entering the army and opening possibilities for the landless and low born willing to give their lives for Rome He was a city consul for 7 times, dying in 86 b.c only weeks after taking his seventh consulship jointly with Cinna At that time, in Real Life timeline, Julius Caesar was only 14 years old However, in order to take the drama to a higher level, the author takes some years away from Marius, gives about 6 7 years plus to Gaius Julius, and to top it all, makes the consul s death a very big theatrically dramatic moment It was written very well and it works great with the way the plot and story was told, it just was not necessarily true So, if you are not stickler for exactness in your history, and if you are in the mood for a fun Fictional Account of that historical period, this is a good book to read It really is a fun read, just don t go expecting historical accuracy However, the reality of the period is well described and as always, it is better to have some idea about this very important period in our civilization, than none at all As I was saying to a GR friend, I think any knowledge is still cool when it comes to that time In my personal opinion, most of the big Epic Fantasy has been written based on the history and legends of Rome and how it affected and changed all the cultures it encountered and the way they resisted or were taken over and changed for good This is why I am all in for this type of easier to read retelling of the period I am not being judgmental, just a bit warped from what I have learned from the years I have been delving into that period And what a period of constant change that was Now I wish you All Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book

  5. says:

    First off, there was nothing wrong with the writing, or the pacing or action It was all fine But because this is historical fiction and I am trained in history, certain things about this book bothered me enough to really lessen my enjoyment of reading it If this were an alternate history, it wouldn t bother me, because in an alternate history novel, the end is different duh, right But because I know this is going to the same end as the histories, then historical inaccuracies just stick in my craw SPOILER ALERT OK, my main issues with the book Marcus Brutus and Julius Caesar did not grow up together Caesar was 15 years older than Brutus I mean, sure, it makes it dramatic to have them grow up together like brothers, but it is wrong Just like if a book had Lincoln and Jefferson Davis growing up together and was put out as a historical fiction This is one of many things that just annoyed.Caesar s father didn t die in a slave rebellion He just keeled over one day There is another The list goes on.And the character of the wiseman, the guy who has semi mystic healing powers and can see glimpses of the future For god s sake, this is supposed to be historical fiction, not a freaking fantasy Feh.

  6. says:

    It has been a bloody long time since I last had a review to do that felt this easy to write This book was so cut and dry for me It falls into a class of read that I never fail to find the words to elaborate on.Incompatibility One of the nicest negative review words a reviewer could draw upon incompatibility The sweetest way to say that I thought it was bad, but maybe it isn t the authors fault.If we were in a relationship, this book and I, I would be saying to it I want you to know that it isn t you It is me I think we are just too different and are far better off apart I know you will find other fish in the sea that will appreciate you better than I.Only this is a book, not a relationship So about this book I will say We simply are not compatible It will be compatible with many thousands, and it has been The proof of that is there in all the positive ratings on Goodreads and and in the book deals and bank accounts of the author.For me, however, I do not like books that dedicate most of their quantity to childhood characters If I liked to be in the heads of kids for that long I would be reading the Young Adult genre A genre I do not like to read, because, obviously, I am an adult, who likes to read about adults That is not to say there are no adults who like to read about children Only I am not one of them I say give them a chapter or two, maybe a quarter or even a third of the book okay, a third of a book may be stretching it , but just don t make boys and girls the main feature of a book for adults.Good for milking an extra book out of a series and making money, but not always great fun for adult readers.I also found the writing to be a little simple and raw, which only accentuated the YA aromatics.The other thing that bugs me and makes us incompatible, is flagrant disregard for historical accuracy just because you don t like the restraints of the historical accuracy mistress She isn t such a bad bird and can be forgiving if you feel the need as an author to break free and dabble But this book doesn t dabble or stretch the confines for freedom, this book gives historical accuracy a wide, albeit arrogant, berth.And while there are those thousands of readers who don t know the history enough to know that this book is an alternate history, there sure are thousands that do I don t even know much about this history, and yet I can see it Arrogance with historical accuracy is a turn off for me.I read all this author s Ghengis Khan series Had a love hate relationship with it Liked one or two, really liked one, hated the rest I don t like Roman historical fiction much, but I bought this used book based on some decent experiences with that Ghengis series.That is the last time I follow an author into his or her other ventures so blindly I finish by pointing out the other advantage of saying a book is incompatible with your tastes I get to say don t take my word for it to anybody reading this review.We don t all have the same approach to books This is one of those books I think you will need to discover for yourself.

  7. says:

    A good first book in the series but not nearly as compelling as his Genghis series The story is good, consistent and well written but it s also a bit boring I ll still finish out the series but why does every author write about Rome and this time period in such pedantically humorless tones The Khans weren t exactly Comedy Central material and yet there s so much humor and personality in that series It s not just Igulden Every author who takes on this time period does so in such a monotone fashion I get the legions were strict military unit s but were they castrated of humor to the point of being the Unsullied We need Tyrion to liven them up a bit.

  8. says:

    Review of the audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister.Even though I love history and historical fiction, I ve never found Roman history interesting I ve never known exactly why I love ancient Egypt, the pre colonization civilizations of the Americas, any history after the Romans, just not the Romans or Greeks if I can group those two time periods together My solution was that a great historical fiction novel set in that period would do the trick to jump start my interest This is not that novel.I love that with historical fiction you can get transported to a different place and time, but in this book if you renamed the people and places you would have a hard time figuring out where the book was even set There is absolutely nothing descriptive that makes it truly feel like you re in Roman times The historical accuracy is questionable at best according to the postscript, many of the few details known about Julius Caesar as a youth were changed for the book That in itself I don t mind, but here it is just another disappointment The story is cookie cutter and simple, with all attempts to add surprise or intrigue clunkily done Nearly all of the characters were completely one dimensional and emotionless I even had a hard time telling the two main characters apart they were interchangeable for most of the book In short, there were no redeeming qualities about this book.I absolutely loved Robert Glenister s narration of the Comoran Strike series He is so perfect for that character Part of my decision to listen to this one was because he was the narrator I found his performance to be average here, and it s hard to tell if that s due to the material or not.Final verdict 2 star story, 3.5 star narration, 2 stars overall

  9. says:

    Action packed historical dramaConn Iggulden seemed to like my review of his quick read, Blackwater, almost as much as I enjoyed reading that book Being in a one to one conversation gave me the opportunity to ask him if he would recommend his Emperor series to anyone who had enjoyed the shorter story He was very honest in admitting that he didn t know but advised me to walk into a bookshop, pick up The Gates of Rome, read the first chapter then decide whether to replace it on the shelf or buy it.That s almost exactly what I did In fact, what I actually did was to buy the whole series and read the books back to back.This is the first of a series of four historical that describe the life of Julius Caesar and his best friend, Brutus, from boyhood through to his violent death Knowing what happens in the final pages of the final book does nothing to damage the reader s enjoyment of the set The action starts in the opening pages as Gaius, as Julius is known in his youth, and his friend Marcus, later known as Brutus, are captured and bullied by older boys from the neighbouring property.As Gaius grows up, he has an early introduction to the Roman Senate and shares some very tough training for his military manhood with Brutus His mentor is his father s estate manager and his trainer is an even tougher ex gladiator These men follow and support Julius and Brutus through most of their lives.Violence, death and political treachery abound and the first book ends with Julius embarking on a voyage as a junior officer on a Roman military ship in North Africa as Brutus heads off to the colonised lands of Greece.After reading the first chapter in the bookshop, I bought the book Before I d finished The Gates of Rome, I d bought all three remaining books in the series and I wouldn t hesitate to recommend the same course of action to any friend.

  10. says:

    Not much to say about this one Way too much of a kid gloves YA vibe and outright fucking with history Iggulden s excuses in the author s note don t do it for me His Genghis series seems to be a billion times well written and cognizant of historical fact.

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