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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 tear it apart, this is the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar.
In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the Republic to its core. Citizen will fight citizen in a bloody conflict - and Julius Caesar, cutting his teeth in battle, will be in the thick of the action.
A novel of vivid characters, stunning action and unrelenting pace. It really is a terrific read. A lover of all things Roman, this book was perfect for me. The beginning of the remarkable story of a humble boy who grew up to be one of the most powerful men to have ever existed: Julius Caesar. Walk with Caesar, Please sign in to write a review.
Synopsis Author. The ultimate Rome story 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 tear it apart, this is the remarkable story of the man who would become the greatest Roman of them all: Julius Caesar.
The first instalment in the bestselling Emperor series. Visit the Conn Iggulden author page. Added to basket. Wars of the Roses: Trinity. Conn Iggulden. The Leopard. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Rose Tremain. Bernard Cornwell. A Place of Greater Safety. Hilary Mantel.
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EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome
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. The story, such as it is, revolves around two boys: Gaius, the broody son of a wealthy senator, and Marcus, a prostitute's mischievous child who is reared as Gaius's brother and trained with him in the arts of war. Before the two boys reach majority, they are thrust into adulthood by the untimely death of Gaius's father and take up residence in Rome with Gaius's uncle Marius, a powerful consul who is vying with Sulla for control of the Republic. When Marcus is 14, he joins the Fourth Macedonian Legion to earn his fortune; Gaius remains by his uncle's side. Iggulden lingers long over boyhood pranks, trying the reader's patience; the pace picks up only halfway through the novel. Frequent fight scenes, ranging from individual combat to full scale battles, liven the mix somewhat, but the cartoon-like ability of the characters to bounce back after a few stitches weakens the effect. Though Iggulden has a solid grounding in Roman military history, anachronisms in speech and attitude "Cabera took him outside and gave him a hiding" roll underfoot and trip up authenticity.
Emperor: The Gates of Rome
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