Many reviewers bemoan the inaccuracy of some of the events, but I found it was the perfect balance of historical facts and fictional anecdotes. The storytelling captures the essence of the Roman empire as the reader follow the heirloom fascinum bracelet of a prominent patrician family as it is passed down from father to son. We see their lives as augurs, senators, patricians glisten under the rays of privilege, but once in I read Empire without knowing the existence of its predecessor, Roma. Through their eyes, we see the rise of fall of rulers and the changes they bring about during their reign. There are no stories that I did not enjoy.
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Dojora This suggests that Saylor is far more highly reliant on his source material than would seem to be apparent. Aug 23, Margaret rated it really liked it Shelves: Imperoo a customer review. III stars out of V. This is a condensed version of a review posted on my blog.
Sara marked it as to-read Jun 05, David Whitehurst marked it as to-read Dec 21, In some ways, Empire was a little better than Roma in that the time span was much shorter, and there were only four generations covered, one following the other. I wonder if this was because the historical record for this period is pretty well developed. Saylor was born in Texas and graduated with high honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied history and classics.
He describes them in all their grandeur, benevolence, combative skills, religious beliefs, brutality, quirkiness, perverse sexual proclivities and maliciousness. Rubicon Saylor novel — Wikipedia The stevfn and last parts are dominated more by the Emperors — Augustus and Hadrian and by historical characters — young Claudius and Antinous and Appolodorus respectively and the Pinarii here — Lucius the augur and Marcus the sculptor — play important roles but they are less well developed and more a vehicle to carry the story of Rome from its Imperial beginnings to its Imperial height that is presaged so well and about i hope we will see another Pinarii novel.
Last Seen in Massilia. Dec 16, Tammie Painter rated it liked it. Buy for others I love reading the Gordianus mysteries and I loved Roma. Michner in his historical epics.
The imagery of how Rome was described throughout both books was wonderful. I really enjoyed the presence of Impfrio, for whom I have a soft spot after reading the Robert Graves novels.
Preview — Empire by Steven Saylor. Roma Em Portuguese do Brasil. Aug 01, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: March 11, Sold by: However, I was as wrong as ever, I have had an inkling to read it for a while now and I finally picked it up. The writing style is smooth and simple, and Saylor hits on most of the major themes and incidents in each of the respective time periods. Long story short, I enjoyed the book from the historical perspective on the period and the Empire.
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