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As Portas de Roma (Emperor #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  11,960 ratings  ·  568 reviews
A série de romances de Conn Iggulden intitulada "Imperador" recria o fascinante percurso de ascensão e queda de Júlio César, combinando aventura e realidade histórica, num épico de ambição, rivalidade, coragem e traição.
Paperback, 386 pages
Published 2006 by Bertrand Editora (first published January 2003)
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Will M.
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 ma
William Bernhardt, author of Nemesis, is quoted on The Gates of Rome as saying "what Robert Graves did for Claudius, Conn Iggulden now does for...Julies 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
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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.
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 i
Lance Greenfield
Action-packed historical drama

Conn 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
Jan 29, 2008 Phil rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction fans
The first of the 'Emperor' series. This one is Ceasar and Brutus, one the honored son the other the adopted bastard, growing up on a farm outside of Rome. Thats right, you heard me. This series of books creates a completely new Ceasar narrative, one that only vaguely tracks the actual history. Unfortunately, one might say. There is little authenticity in this series. If that doesnt bug you then its a nice pulp read for a sunny day.
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 more well-written and cognizant of historical fact.
My edition of this book has 597pg's, not 448pg's as stated. This was a damn good read that I thoroughly enjoyed. My eldest brother recommended this book to me, then told me that one of the character's in this book reminded him of me *smiling*. I had no bloody idea which one ;) But found it even more interesting finding out. The answer to that particular mystery was 'Marcus Brutus'. Nice to know I was slightly cocky as a teenager *laughing*.

It's the tale of Caesar's life from childhood/early tee
Yahoo.... boy oh boy... how much do I love these sort of books?

I started with Conn Iggulden when my wife bought me Wolf of the Plains for me to read on a flight to Berlin last year... needless to say I loved it.

I bought Gates of Rome form Tesco [on offer] and read it in few days... I loved that too.... wow... does this man write books that are esy to read? YES YES YES...

On a visit to Rome last weekend I started the next in the "Emporer" series - "The Death of Kings"/.... it's outstanding.

I am no
Eric Smith
Sep 07, 2008 Eric Smith rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans and those interested in Ancient Rome.
Shelves: historic-fiction
My first real trip into historical fiction other than the works of Jeff Shaara has turned out to be very enjoyable. This novel takes the stories of Ceasar back to his beginning and paints an spectacular picture of two young men growing up on the edge of Rome and the beginning ofr their rise to positions of power. Ceasar is captured in a way I have never seen before as he begins his journey from boyhood into the man that we all know from our history texts. I was unable to put it down and was draw ...more
Historically it's a mess. There is virtually no character development. The writing style is pretty pulpy with non-stop action and it's an easy escapist read. There are other Roman series out there far superior. Iggulden may improve as he writes more books, but he's not my 'cup of tea' from this one and I have no desire to read any more of his novels.
May 18, 2009 Jennie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennie by: FirstReads!
Sigh. I have very mixed feelings about this book.

1. While I'm glad people are still showing interest in ancient Rome, don't we have enough fictionalizations of Julius Caesar? Aren't there other events in Roman history, other charismatic Roman personalities that we could focus on? Between Shakespeare and HBO, I'm all Caesared out. Write me a novel about Elagabulus. That would be bad-ass.

2. Dude. The writing is simplistic and awkward, and at least half the text described violent encounters in fair
I enjoyed the first half of the novel. But when the Marius-Sulla civil war kicked in, I lost all respect for it. Iggulden admits in his closing historical remarks that he took great liberties with the historical record and proceeds to summarize the real history. He abandoned the history almost entirely, and the reader is left with an alternate history that only vaguely relates to what really happened. It's a crime.

One of the worst examples is, (view spoiler)
[redacted by S.H.I.E.L.D.]
Really? Even ignoring the fact that it's written like a Boy Scott tie in novel for 12 year old boys with ADD, the "history" in this book makes the movie 300 look like a historical documentary from national geographic. I understand changing things for fiction but this is just ridiculous. It's like a world war II novel were Hitler and Churchill grew up as childhood friends on a oil rig. First time in 20 years I haven't been able to finish a book.
Aug 25, 2014 Pamela rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pamela by: Ancient & Medieval historical fiction group
Fun read, a fast-paced and gripping adventure story, based on the early lives of Gaius Julius Caesar and his friend Marcus.

Having read a few reviews before picking up this book, I was aware of the criticism around historical inaccuracy. While events have certainly been revised, the feel of life in Rome and in the military is realistic. There is a particularly authentic flavour to the episodes which show how important strength ( mental and physical) was to the Romans, and the lengths they went to
Jim Gifford
Simply put, I didn't like this book. There are any number of things with which I took exception, but first and foremost is his treatment of Caesar's mother, Aurelia Cotta. In The Gates of Rome she is portrayed as epileptic, and those who know her consider her deranged. But this is generally refuted by a historical record that paints her as a model Roman woman and mother who was highly regarded among all classes of her Roman contemporaries. Colleen McCullough adopted this line in her series of no ...more
Andrew Parry
Hmmm...I'm slightly bemused by the consistent 4+ star reviews here. I love historical fiction, but the likes of George MacDonald Fraser and Patrick O'Brian have set the bar high so I perhaps I have unfairly high expectations.
I have to say this is fairly basic stuff. Lacking in drama and character. I managed to get through to the end because I was on holiday (in Rome, as it happens) and had no other books with me.
The most disappointing aspect is that it doesn't really capture the classical period
Re-reading this because I enjoyed it the fist time and would like to continue on w/ the series, and... I'm in an historical fiction kinda mood;)... I often steer away from this type of stuff because I always wonder (not being a huge history buff) what truths have been completely exaggerated and therefore feel I'm getting a misleading historical story. But, where this is different with Iggulden are his end notes, which actually point out what is known truth, what is somewhat known, & what he ...more
The reader meets the best of Marcus and Gaius in the first book of the Emperor series. The stage is set for the lives of two men who made and continue to make history. Cornelia and Peppis steal much of the thunder because they show true grit and wit. Gaius'naked flight scene and his con to get some clothes was wonderful. Marcus' fight with the blueskins was another highpoint! The trouble with this author is that his writing flows so smoothly that I can forgive all the literary license he takes. ...more
My knowledge of Julius Caesar is limited to what they teach you in high school. Based on the high school I went to, I'm going to guess even that knowledge is very limited and potentially inaccurate. Maybe it was my limited knowledge that made me feel rather "meh" about this novel. If I didn't know this book was about Julius Caesar going into reading, I might have guessed it was about any boy and his childhood friend in Ancient Rome. The story was fine. The characters were fine. Overall everythin ...more
Arun Divakar
What really happened in the course of history might some times be as dry as a desert. So how do you spin a bestseller out of this seemingly infertile set of dates,facts and figures ? From my limited foray into historical fiction what I have seen from most authors is : Historical accuracy be damned, I am going to pen a kickass book ! This is the stance that Conn Iggulden adopts for his retelling of the story of Gaius Julius Caesar.

Caesar's legacy is one that attains mythical status as time flow
If you look at people's reviews of this book you will notice that how someone likes it depends on how much or what they've read on the subject. Those of us who have read Colleen McCullough's wonderful series on Rome (starting with "The First Man in Rome") are not impressed by "The Gates of Rome". I knew pretty quickly that I wasn't going to like this book, but kept going, maybe because I had made the huge mistake of buying the book rather than checking it out from the library. I'd read Mr. Iggul ...more
Okay, so I get that many people are upset with this book, and I will be the first person to agree that it is NOT historically accurate.

However, I chose to ignore this while reading the book. Because when I read a book, I don't read it for accuracy. I read it because it's entertaining. And this book was definitely entertaining.

It starts off describing Caesar's early life in his home outside Rome. He grows up with Marcus Brutus (yes, I know, this is historically inaccurate). The story continues fr
This book, in turns, interested, bored and thrilled me.

This is the first in a four book series on the life of Gaius Julius Caesar. It follows him from the carefree age of eight to the age of eighteen.

As has been mentioned in many reviews, there are several historical facts that were rearranged for the story. I personally didn’t find them distracting as I found the depiction of roman life more than made up for it. As Julius gets older and returns to the senate I am hoping for more about roman p
Zeke Chase
This novel has had a few bad reviews for its historical inaccuracy. While I’m not that familiar with the early life of Julius Caesar, upon doing some research, I’m not that upset about blending together the conflicts of Marius and Sulla, or shortening the rebellion with Mithridates. He presents a clear narrative here, which I don’t think could be told quite so easily if he’d held true to history. What I am less forgiving of is changing the age of Marcus Brutus and making he and Caesar childhood ...more
Whats the point in writing historical fiction if you take extreme liberties? Iggulden knows how to write exiciting fiction though.. to bad he ruins it by allowing himself to manipulate history. Do not expect to learn anything about Caesar or ancient Rome for that matter.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
What a disappointment. I did not like one character. I read (ok, listened to) 50% of this book hoping that one single character would appeal to me. None did. So, I stopped and then realized I had only one audiobook left on my Mp3 and freaked out, time to go shopping.
I read some of the reviews before I began reading this. I usually don't because I like to form my own opinion. The people who rated it badly know something about this time in history. The author apparently took liberties and altered historical facts in a big way.

So with that being put out there, I still really liked this. I'm not a history buff. So if martians had landed then I would have known something was off. But this was an enjoyable read for my afternoon.

I will say that it read a little
I really enjoyed this novel about young Julius Caeser and Marcus Brutus. The novel had the grit and feel of Rome to me. It reminded me, in part, of the HBO television series on Rome without the exaggerated sexual behavior (except for Sulla). Yes, slaves were treated as sex objects, but the novel didn't revolve around that aspect of Roman life, instead focusing on the upbringing of young Julius and Brutus, though those names are not used until late into the novel. The brutality of Rome is portray ...more
I tried to read this last year and just put it aside. I picked it back up for a challenge read and I am glad I did. It is an excellent book, I had heard that Conn Iggulden was a very good author and as I have his Genghis on my list as well I thought I would try this again.

It is the story of young Gaius Julius Caesar, and his foster brother Marcus Brutus from 8 years old to around 18. Iggulden imparts a great deal of information in a simply effortless style. Little is known about the early life o
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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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Emperor (5 books)
  • The Death of Kings (Emperor, #2)
  • The Field of Swords (Emperor, #3)
  • The Gods of War (Emperor, #4)
  • The Blood of Gods (Emperor, #5)
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