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Roma - Steven Saylor

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The Czar
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Roma - Steven Saylor

Postby The Czar » Sun August 21st, 2011, 3:22 am

Just downloaded this on my kindle. Anybody like it? I am hoping for a historical look through the history of Rome, monarchy, Reupublic, Empire, Fall of Empire kind of thing.

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Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
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Postby lauragill » Sun August 21st, 2011, 4:49 am

"The Czar" wrote:Just downloaded this on my kindle. Anybody like it? I am hoping for a historical look through the history of Rome, monarchy, Reupublic, Empire, Fall of Empire kind of thing.

How is it?


Roma is through the early history, monarchy, and Republic of Rome. But it's a very good read. The sequel, Empire, goes from Augustus through Hadrian.

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sweetpotatoboy
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Postby sweetpotatoboy » Sun August 21st, 2011, 8:48 am

I enjoyed it when I read two or three years ago. Haven't read the sequel yet.

It's very much modelled on the Michener/Rutherfurd framework for a historical novel, loosely following one family across the centuries. It feels somewhat light but highly readable.

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Postby fljustice » Sun August 21st, 2011, 5:12 pm

I read and reviewed it last year. Liked it better than the sequel. Very much in the vein of Michner; each "chapter" is a short story/novelette linked by location and family covering 1000 years from myth to historical times.
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The Czar
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Postby The Czar » Thu August 25th, 2011, 1:37 am

Hmm. I've never really liked the Michner/Rutherford method. I'll give it a shot though, as I want to learn about the monarchy/early republic.

I'm getting a bit burned out on ancient rome right now though, think I may put "Niccolo Rising" at the top of the queue when I finish "Claudius the God."
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli


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