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Roma Eterna

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  1,029 ratings  ·  103 reviews
No power on Earth can resist the might of Imperial Rome, so it has been and so it ever shall be. Through brute force, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved a world. From the reign of Maximilianus the Great in A.U.C. 1203 onward through the ages -- into a new era of scientific advancement and astounding technologies -- countless upstarts and enemies a ...more
Paperback, 449 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Eos (first published May 2003)
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Science Fiction and fantasy Grand Master Robert Silverberg collected his stories about an alternate history Rome and published them all together in this well written and entertaining novel in 2003.

Many of the stories had been written beginning in the late 80s and 90s; Silverberg fans will note that Byzantium is a favorite theme. The author created new stories to pull it all together and presents the reader with a fascinating journey from what would have been the end of the Roman Empire to over t
-Más ucronía conceptual que ucronía material.-

Género. Novela (ucronía como una casa, sí, pero novela).

Lo que nos cuenta. El libro Roma eterna (publicación original: Roma Eterna, 2003) es un Fix up de relatos que nos muestran distintos momentos a lo largo de la historia de una Antigua Roma alternativa, sus altibajos y su desarrollo como entidad política, social, económica y tecnológica hasta el siglo XX.

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Jul 25, 2016 rated it did not like it
Robert Silverberg’s point of divergence for his alternate history, in which the Roman Empire never fell, is that Exodus never happened, the Jews remained in Egypt, and Jesus of Nazareth was never born. Christianity doesn’t exist in this universe, and paganism remains the dominant religion. Despite what Edward Gibbons liked to think, the link between Christianisation and the collapse of Roman power in the West is tenuous at best, and most modern scholarship cites factors other than Christianity i ...more
Andrei Duduman
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mi-as fi dorit ca autorul sa imagineze o istorie care din punctul de divergenta sa se indeparteze total de istoria reala. Din pacate, R. Silverberg alege o cale facila preluand elemente si aspecte reale pe care le justifica neconvingator folosind cauze ce tin de istoria imaginara (spre exemplu, desi Imperiul nu s-a prabusit, exista ev mediu, dogi ai Venetiei, latina e inlocuita de la un punct incolo cu dialecte locale, inclusiv la Roma ajunge sa se vorbeasca o asa-zisa limba romana, care e de fa ...more
Felix Dance
Nov 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
This book was lent to me years ago by a friend at Uni because I was studying Ancient Rome. I’d been guiltily seeing it sit on my bookshelf for many years without picking it up and so decided that this trip would be the perfect opportunity to read it, as it’s always intrigued me (just ignore the fact that it means I would now never be able to return the book). As it happened, it sucked. It started out well as I lay on a deck chair by a pool in Kuta, Bali, vividly describing Ancient Roman life and ...more
Thibault Delavaud
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Livre intéressant : comment l'histoire se serait-elle déroulée si l'Empire Romain n'était jamais tombé ? Les premiers chapitres sont très réussis et l'ambiance romaine est bien rendue. Ensuite, plus on s'éloigne dans le temps, plus l'univers décrit manque de cohérence et l'auteur atteint les limites de l'exercice de l'uchronie. Le dernier chapitre est un clin d'oeil réussi au point de divergence fixé par l'auteur au début du livre. L'écriture est quant à elle assez simple mais non déplaisante.
Dakota Rusk
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Robert Silverberg, an exalted name in science fiction circles, delivers up a virtual Disneyland of speculation and spectacle based on the premise that the Roman Empire never declines and falls. More a collection of interrelated short stories than a novel, ROMA ETERNA deftly weaves an alternate history in which Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed are all sidelined, so that the rise of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims never has a chance to impede Rome's global expansion; and he does it in a way that's abs ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Just taking a stab at when I read this - it was sometime back in college, and I really enjoyed it. This was the reason that I eventually picked up Dying Inside, which ended making a very serious impression on me. Silverberg's writing has a lot of depth, and (unlike a lot of SFF writers) he has a range that is rather remarkable.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alternate history. What if: Moses fails in leading the Israelites out of Egypt, and Christianity then does not come about; the Roman Empire wins out over the attacks from the Huns and the Germanic tribes; and Mohamed never rises? The roman Empire continues on, up to our present times.
An interesting book. Silverberg does well in making sure that the geography is understandable, so you know what is happening where. Each chapter is a different point on the timeline over two thousand years, with dif
Shawn Edrei
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
An intriguing premise, undermined by a lack of worldbuilding - there's little fun to be had in an alternate history that doesn't sufficiently explore the details of its own new reality.
Joe Martin
In the Aeneid, Virgil wrote: “To Romans I set no boundary in space or time. I have granted them dominion, and it has no end.” What if that was true? What if the Roman Empire had never fallen? What if it had been eternal? Robert Silverberg wrote a collection of short stories around that theme. The stories start in A.D. 450 and continue through A.D. 1970, covering 1500 years of Roman history.

We see the attempted colonization of North America (Nova Roma), the civil wars between the Roman and Greek
Атанас Илиев
… за начало искам да споделя, че книжката прилича повече на сборник от разкази, отколкото на едно голямо цяло. Предвид страниците – няма как и да очакваш нещо голямо. Лошото в случая е, че наистина вътре няма нищо голямо. В отделни глави (епохи), автора проследява историята на две (максимум три) основни персонажа, които колкото и да остроумничат, не успяват да задържат кой знае колко вниманието. Защо? Защото „Рома Етерна“ преразказва миналото, извъртайки го в точния момент, за да може Римската и ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
This a a very good book about what the world would be like if the Roman empire never fell. Silverberg has a good writingstyle, and tells an interessting story here.

Because this book cronicles a more than 1000 year period, the story is told in different short stories. And not all of them are equally good. Some of these stories have a main character that is just passivly witnessing the events and those stories are a bit less interessting. The real sorry part is that the first story in this book i
Vicki Cline
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: roman-fiction
Suppose Moses wasn't able to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, thus the country of Israel never arose and Jesus and his disciples were not able to spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. This is a story about how the Roman Empire waxed and waned over the years until A.U.C. 2723 (our 1970 AD). It's told in several chapters over the years, some in the first person. We encounter Mohammed and the Norse explorers of the New World and several emperors, some good and some bad. It's a very interes ...more
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This sort of thing has been done a few times but Silverberg's is an interestingly broad canvas where he takes specific moments and twists them.
L'idée est passionnante mais Silverberg la gâche en se concentrant presque exclusivement sur les coulisses du pouvoir. Au lieu de décrire en détail l'évolution du monde et les riches possibilités de cette uchronie, il nous livre des centaines de pages de description des coulisses du pouvoir (coup d'État, conquête, décadence, romance etc.), qui se trouvent être rapidement répétitives.
Lorsqu'il s'éloigne de Rome, comme dans les chapitres consacrés à "Mamhud", la découverte de l'Amérique ou le pre
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Highly entertaining and definitely a page turner. He presents some very interesting alternate historical situations but also seems to leave out some major world events (for instance, there is never any Old World plague originating from East Asia and the natives of the Americas are never devastated by Old World diseases to which they have no immunity despite coming into close contact with Romans) from which no matter what the alternate history there would be no escape. Some fascinating portions o ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of short stories, some of them better than others. All of them set in the same alternate history world, in which the Roman Empire has never collapsed.

I really enjoyed a couple of stories with interesting complex characters. But I also disliked lack of imagination. For example, many historical leaders (Constantine, Justinian, Mohammed) exist in this profoundly different timeline created by two points of divergence: failure of Exodus (which also prevented emergence of Christianity) an
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I guess this is my month for alternate history. In this book, Silverberg delivers a collection of related stories that tell of an alternate world in which the Roman Empire, rather than falling to "barbarians," continues to rise and rise and rise right through to the Space Age. In doing so, he weaves in actual events from our history - such as the Reign of Terror and the space shuttle Challenger disaster - and spins them into an account of how the same events might have played out in a Roman worl ...more
Michael Nalbone
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
What IF?
Leoncio Sánchez
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Reads more like a dry history text than a fiction novel.
Калоян Захариев
Великолепна. Разтърсващ. Невероятна. Какво би станало със света ако Рим не беше паднал? Прочетете Силвърбърг.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, alt-history
I really like this book....I will be looking forward to reading more of his stories.
Renaud Germain
Aug 14, 2017 rated it liked it
(présentation de l'auteur par l'auteur)
Massimo Marino
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it
The relationship between Robert Silverberg and science fiction was one of those difficult and complicated marriages, started in 1955 with Revolt on Alpha C, a novel for teenagers (today we call them YA) who talk about space cadets and their first training cruise… would you be able to imagine anything more obvious?

The initial production of Silverberg had not detached from the canons of the classic space adventure, but even at this early stage Silverberg put on display excellent qualities as a wri
Feb 13, 2012 added it
Imagine if you would a Roman Empire that never fell but instead remains a world champion of sorts, ever expanding and wielding its eternal glory through the ages. Think of the waves of barbarian invasions never happening or the seeds of two religious movements never taking fruit. How then would Rome's history play out? Robert Silverberg's got some pretty good ideas and wrote the playbook.

Spanning from the late imperial period (fifth century) through the mid-twentieth (more like 1970 A.C.E.)--be
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I do like a good alternative history book. Especially when it's do do with Roman history. Robert Silverberg's Roma Eterna is more a series of short stories in a single alternate history than a novel, and it traces a parallel history where the Roman Empire never fell. The point of divergence is the Exodus - in this world, the Exodus failed, and Pharaoh recaptured the Israelites and kept them in slavery. The rest of european history stayed mostly the same, but Christianity didn't happen. The knock ...more
Daniel Salvo
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Una gran obra de Silverberg, a pesar de muchas opiniones en contra. El elemento de ciencia ficción está muy diluído, pero es que se trata de una historia alternativa en la cual el cristianismo "no se produce", y entonces, tenemos a un Imperio romano que supervive hasta el presente... con altas y bajas.
Creo que el elemento que muchos han criticado (el hecho de que los acontecimientos ocurran de manera muy lenta, y que el Imperio aparezc como omnipresente, al punto que emperadores cuyas vidas han
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
El universo de Roma Eterna es vulgarmente similar al nuestro. Su desarrollo tecnológico es totalmente igual al de nuestra realidad, ignorando el hecho de la extensión de Roma desde la Britania hasta Persia, lo que pudo haberse usado como un interesante catalizador por el despliegue antropocéntrico dentro de la novela, o por el contrario usando a la escasez de conflictos como ralentizador.

Por otra parte la idiosincrasia está estancada en el pensamiento de la Roma de Adriano. No importa que las pr
Fascinating Alternative Roman History From Robert Silverberg

"Roma Eterna" is a collection of 10 different short stories masquerading as a novel, that raises some tantalizing questions to answer the central, overarching question in this book: What if the Roman Empire never fell, but not only survived, but endured to the present as the foremost empire on the globe? It is not Silverberg's best work of fiction (His finest works include early novels such as "Shadrach in the Furnace" and his criticall
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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