The Gates of Rome
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.
In the city of Rome, a titanic power struggle is about to shake the R...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 d ...more
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 ...more
It's not just Igulden. Every author who takes on this time period does so in such a monot ...more
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 no ...more
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 ...more
Only a couple of beefs with the novel. First it was too obviously the first of a series, the two MCs had barely beg ...more
This a historical fictiion novel of the Roman Empire at the end of the Republic era and the beginning of the Kings era. Well written, the story comes alive and is difficult to put down. Iggulden has really done his homework as the events in the book match the historical timelines. This is my first of Iggulden’s books and not the last. I highly recommend it.
It's the tale of Caesar's life from childhood/early tee ...more
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 ...more
One of the worst examples is, (view spoiler)[we find out at the end of the novel t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I just wasn't keen on this one - I ended up skim reading the second half of the book and skipping to the end. I can't really fault anything, I think it was just a book I didn't like. (view spoiler)[ I loved this perspective of the childhood and teen years of Julius Caesar and Marcus Brutus, however. I did not know Brutus and Salla were in conspiracy to kill Caesar and the fact Brutus and Caesar grew up together as blood brothers makes me want to reread this maybe later. ( ...more
My main issue was that there was no character development whatsoever. I kept thinking our MC was a loser and then he'd do something amazing and I'd realize the author expected me to know he was a badass now but somehow I'd missed all that. Hello, this is about Julius Cesar. He was a badass. I never felt that come through.
My second issue ...more
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 Lo ...more