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The Mansions of the Gods (Astérix #17)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  3,951 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Why not infiltrate the little Gaulish village by building a modern housing estate? That's the plan thought up by trendy Roman architect Squaronthehypotenus to help Caesar crush the indomitable Gauls. Will the villagers be tempted by the chance of making money when the first Roman tenants move in? And what about the Gauls' secret weapon. Roll up to see the Roman remains!
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Asterix (first published 1971)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 24, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caesar has a plan to defeat the rebel Gaulish village once and for all - if they won’t fall in line, he’ll build Roman civilization around them and force their culture upon them! His brilliant young architect Squareonthehypotenus will build... The Mansions of the Gods!

I always liked Mansions of the Gods but re-reading it today I didn’t realise how damn funny it is! The characters’ reactions are very extreme which helps. The centurion tasked with helping the architect is superstitious and terrif
Personally I think this is too sophisticated for children, far suitable for adults.

Funny facts:

Caesar speaks in third person.
The Gothic slaves insist on singing Silent Night (the German carol).
The slaves and the Roman legionaries form Trade Unions.
Romans are given a two-page promotional brochure/slab about the Mansions of the Gods with modern estate-agent jargon.
A Vestal-Virgin is the hostess on the raffle to pick the new estate's first residents.
Cacofonix again saves the day again with his
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Capolavoro: dall’idea di Cesare di affogare i galli nel progresso (riducendo il villaggio a una bidonville ai margini di una grande e moderna città) agli interventi urbanistici nella grande foresta, dalla caratterizzazione degli schiavi (con la sottotrama che li riguarda) alle vicende della coppia romana che va a vivere nel residence costruito accanto al villaggio, si passa da una trovata geniale all’altra, tutte funzionali alla riuscita della storia.
Le vette: il “non pieghevole” in marmo distri
Ceasar never seems to run out of ideas to conquer the last Gaulish village not yet conquered by the Romans. This time, his idea is actually incredibly smart. He plans to civilize the village with the Mansions of the Gods: instead of a forest, there shall be a Roman settlement surrounding the village. The architect in charge is the young and talented Squareonthehypotenus.


Trouble starts as soon as the architect begins his project in Gaul. Neither Asterix nor Obelix like the thought of Romans hangi
Vanja Antonijevic
Dec 28, 2007 Vanja Antonijevic rated it liked it
Interestingly, Goscinny helped Marx in the writing of the communist manifesto. At #17, this is another clear attack by the writers on social and political issues.

Wiki states:

"The book represents a particularly potent satire of 1970s France. Following the explosive riots of May 1968, Goscinny took Asterix in a direction with increasing content referring to current political events in France. This album represents both his dig against technocracy (the young urban planner), the gigantic "villes no
Feb 26, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
5 Sesterzen für einen Fisch?

Die "Domäne der Götter", so der französische Originaltitel, soll sowohl als Prestigeobjekt Cäsars als auch zur endgültigen Vernichtung seiner Feinde, das heißt unseres kleinen gallischen Dorfs, dienen: Von einem ehrgeizigen Architekten entworfen, stolpert das Projekt bald über die bekannte Sturheit und Cleverness der unbezwingbaren Gallier, sowie über die Unwägbarkeiten des Kapitalismus...

Sehr schön, wie Goscinny und Uderzo in diesem Band den Marktkapitalismus und Exp
Ähnlich wie bei Streit um Asterix versucht man auch hier wieder die Dorfgemeinschat zu teilen. Hier durch den Bau einer römischen Stadt im Umfeld des gallischen Dorfes. Den Einwohnern soll wohl das Gefühl von Wohlstand und der Umgang mit römischen Zivilisten nahe gebracht werden - eine Veränderung der Denkweise, eine Assimilierung der Dorfgemeinschaft ist das Ziel.
Niemand - insbesondere nicht die Römer - hat mit dem Einsatz der gallischen Geheimwaffe gerechnet.
Jun 20, 2015 Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: asterix
Yay I found an Asterix book i hadn't read. A good book but not one of the best.
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 Derek Baldwin rated it really liked it
Asterix et al take on the might of avaricious proerty developers, and quite right too.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 30, 2016 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read
The Mansions of the Gods (Astérix #17), René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Jan 08, 2017 Harshe rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Fantastic
Joana Ribeiro
Feb 02, 2017 Joana Ribeiro rated it it was amazing
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Como sempre... Asterix five *
Oct 19, 2016 Akhilleus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mestariteos, yksityiskohtia myöten. Näin valloitetaan. Tässä on historiaa, taloutta, sosiologiaa ja vaikka mitä juuri niin kuin hommat menee.
David Sarkies
Oct 14, 2013 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comedy
Asterix takes on the developers
14 October 2013

When I think of the theme of the Asterix's albums as being the struggle between the modern and the traditional (though traditional is probably a bad word because it is more to me like the idyllic, such as the small country town with its mum and pop businesses) this the the album that comes to mind. Basically Ceaser hatches a new plan to subdue the Gaulish village, and that is to destroy the forest and build a city around them. He then plans to move
Vasco Ribeiro
Oct 05, 2014 Vasco Ribeiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
História bem engendrada e construída em que se caricaturiza os mecanismso económicos e de mercado actuais, desde o imobiliário, á espculação de preços, à concorrência, etc.
César planeia destruir a aldeia Gaulesa romanizando-os, isto é contrata um arquiteto para criar um empreendimento imobiliário, a que chama apelativamente, o domínio dos deuses, à volta da aldeia e habitado por romanos cuja proximidade viria a destruir os hábitos e identidade da aldeia. E quase o consegue, criando na concorrênc
Apr 29, 2015 Fabulantes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Astérix, Obélix y compañía se ven obligados a enfrentar a un enemigo insólito con una inusual técnica de guerrillas. Así, en primera instancia, su lucha es ecológica: mientras las huestes de Anguloagudus, constituidas por esclavos de toda la geografía del Imperio, deforestan por la noche, con sigilo y para evitar posibles represalias “bárbaras” (galas), los incómodos y temibles vecinos deshacen su trabajo merced a la pócima de Panorámix y a unas s
Joseph R.
The Romans' latest scheme to conquer that village of pesky hold-outs in Gaul is to tear down the forest surrounding the village and put up a town center, complete with apartments, gardens, shops, and a circus. Architect Squareonthehypotenus heads off to start construction. Neither Asterix and his friends nor the Romans camped around the village are impressed with his plan. As the new arrivals start to tear down trees, Gaulish druid Getafix gives Asterix and Obelix some magic seeds to regrow the ...more
Manuel Chiofi
Feb 09, 2016 Manuel Chiofi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cesare vuole distruggere la foresta dei Galli per ricavare un comprensorio chiamato "Il Regno degli dei". Dopo aver scombussolato non poco la vita dei nostri amici Galli, però, i Romani dovranno vedersela con la scaltrezza di Asterix e Obelix che cercheranno in tutti i modi di riprendersi la foresta.
Forse l'albo che strizza di più l'occhio alle manie del mondo moderno (i condomini, i centri commerciali, gli intrattenimenti) Il Regno degli dei é l'albo in cui, forse più di altri, vale il detto l'
Craig Sisterson
Apr 07, 2010 Craig Sisterson rated it it was amazing
The Asterix series of comics always had elements of political, historical and socio-cultural satire in amongst its fun-filled storytelling and layers of humour, but in THE MANSIONS OF THE GODS this strongly comes to the fore. The Romans have come up with a new plan to try to overcome our beloved village of indomitable Gauls: build some luxury high-rise housing. As Asterix, Obelix, Getafix, Vitalstatistix and all our other favourites try to work out how to deal with this latest threat, creators G ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Asterix en Obelix en hul dorpsgenote moet 'n nuwe plan van Julius Caesar die hoof bied: in die plek van die woud wat die dorpie beskerm moet daar 'n Romeinse dorp opgerig word sodat die "barbare" gekultiveer kan word. Werk dit? Natuurlik nie! Goscinny en Uderzo se verhaal is groot pret, soos meestal in die Asterix-reeks. Dit sny belangrike sake aan, soos ontwikkeling, omgewingsimpak, slawerny ensovoorts, maar altyd op 'n humoristiese wyse.

Van Schalkwyk-Barrois se vertaling sprankel soos gewoonli
May 11, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una grande storia. Come vincere finalmente gli irriducibili galli? Caio Giulio ha l'idea di incaricare un architetto di costruire palazzine di appartamenti ai limiti della foresta, farle abitare da civili che col tempo avrebbero romanizzato pacificamente il villaggio. Asterix e Panoramix lasciano fare almeno inizialmente, anche per permettere la liberazione degli schiavi. Ma poi capiscono che il piano di Cesare sta avendo successo, e con una trovata magistrale riappacificano e riuniscono il vill ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je pense que celui-ci était le premier livre d'Astérix que j'ai lu, il y a déjà plus de dix ans. J'ai grandi en lisant beaucoup de BDs et les Astérix n'ont jamais été mes favoris, mais je me souviens d'une période où j'ai lu toutes celles qu'on avait chez nous. Évidemment je n'associait pas le problèmes présenté dans ce livre avec ce que plusieurs d'entre nous vivent aujourd'hui, mais c'est fou comment certaines choses ne changent pas au fil des siècles! Je n'aurais jamais pensé, quand j'était e ...more
Keko Chezumar
Nov 14, 2007 Keko Chezumar rated it really liked it
Bagaimana dunia properti mengubah dunia, digambarkan dengan baik oleh Goscinny dalam komik ini. Tenaga buruh, kerusakan lingkungan akibat perluasan lahan permukiman, dan kerasnya usaha agen properti meyakinkan calon pembeli digambarkan dalam konteks masa 50 SM saat Asterix dan Obelix melawan usaha Julius Caesar dan pimpinan projek 'Negeri Dewa-Dewi' yang ingin menggusur kehidupan bangsa Galia yang tenang di desa Armorix.
Matthew Hunter
I've read so many in this series that I long ago stopped reviewing the individual installments. They're all excellent. But with Israeli settlement policies, cultural appropriation and environmental degradation shaping headlines by the minute, I find The Mansions of the Gods to have a current political relevance beyond many of the others. Absolutely great!
Oct 07, 2011 Yves rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ce n'est pas un mauvais tome des Aventures d'Astérix mais ce n'est pas non plus un des pires. Je n'ai pas du tout été émerveillé par celle-ci. Je dois avouer qu'après 17 tomes, j'aime moins Astérix que lors de mon adolescence. Je ne peux pas dire pourquoi. J'ai eu beaucoup plus de plaisir à relire Tintin. Le pire c'est que ceux d'Uderzo en solo sont pire. Je vais profiter des bons qu'il me reste à lire.
Dec 16, 2007 nila rated it really liked it
Caesar memerintahkan untuk membuat apartement di dekat desa Asterix.
Setelah orang-orang romawi bertetangga dengan desa Galia, perekonomian bertumbuh, tapi persaingan sesama orang Galia menjadi sengit. Akhirnya Asterix harus turun tangan menyelesaikan masalah mengusir orang romawi dengan cara membuat mereka tidak betah dan kembali ke Roma.
Sophie Wender
Jul 20, 2012 Sophie Wender rated it it was amazing
Even though Goscinny was making specific points about the Paris housing estates, for an english reader this is probably best read in conjunction with the recent BBC series 'The Secret History Of Our Streets' - misguided town planning, middle class aspirational idiocy, property obsession; it's all here, if you can forgive the more racist bits.
Jan 13, 2015 Frahorus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Riprendere in mano le avventure di Asterix & Obelix non ha prezzo! Per fortuna che Corriere sta ripubblicando tutta la mitica serie a fumetti, approfittatene! Stavolta i poveri galli, perseguitati dai romani, se la dovranno vedere con problemi... di urbanizzazione! Gag sempre esilaranti, un'altra storia da collezionare e rileggere! ^_^
Jul 15, 2010 Bruce rated it it was amazing
The Mansions of the Gods – As the Roman’s sponsor a neighboring suburban development, can our favorite villagers resist the corrupting temptations of modernity? Terrific satire of assimilation and upward-mobility
Tadeas Petak
Mar 29, 2016 Tadeas Petak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jag läste ungefär 20 serietidningar med Asterix & Obelix om och om igen när jag var liten, så detta var en trevlig påminnelse om dessa två hjältar. Det känns fortfarande som en fantastisk serietidning, särskilt för barn eller alla som försöker att lära sig ett språk. Bra att bygga ordförråd, användbara ord, en trevlig läsning.
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René Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).

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