Roma

Roma Roma is the story of the ancient city of Rome from its mythic beginnings as a campsite along a trade route to its emergence as the centre of the most extensive powerful empire in the ancient world B

  • Title: Roma
  • Author: Steven Saylor
  • ISBN: 9781845295660
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Roma is the story of the ancient city of Rome, from its mythic beginnings as a campsite along a trade route to its emergence as the centre of the most extensive, powerful empire in the ancient world.Beginning with the prehistory days when Roma was a way station among seven hills for traders and merchants and the founding of the city itself by Romulus and Remus, criticallyRoma is the story of the ancient city of Rome, from its mythic beginnings as a campsite along a trade route to its emergence as the centre of the most extensive, powerful empire in the ancient world.Beginning with the prehistory days when Roma was a way station among seven hills for traders and merchants and the founding of the city itself by Romulus and Remus, critically acclaimed historical novelist Steven Saylor tells the epic saga of a city and its people, its rise to prominence among the city states of the area, and, ultimately, dominance over the entire ancient Western world.From the tragedy of Coriolanus, to the Punic Wars and the invasion by Hannibal, the triumph and murder of Julius Caesar, and the rise and decline of the Roman Republic and the beginnings of Imperial Rome, Saylor s breathtaking novel brings to vivid life the most famous city of the ancient world.Roma is Saylor s finest achievement, an epic in the truest sense of the word.

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    1. Roma is the story of Rome over a massive arc of time - from the mists of prehistory to the supremacy of Augustus and the establishment of Empire. The story is told from the perspective of two families - the Potitii and Pinarii. The story follows these two families as they pass through time as witnesses (and frequently) victims to great events.I'm not sure that this book will be everyone's cup of tea, but I enjoyed it immensely. I read a lot of historical fiction set in the Roman era. I always fe [...]

    2. Steven Saylor definitely took on a huge task when he chose to write a novelized history of Rome from the viewpoint of one of the oldest patrician families, but least-known in modern times --- the Pinarii, and their cousins the Potitii. The novel touches on the important turning-points of Rome's history, when members of the Pinarii or the Potitii are constantly being caught up in momentous events --- the sack of Rome by Gauls, the Carthaginian wars, the campaign of Scipio, the dictatorship of Sul [...]

    3. This was an astonishingly bad book. It ranks among the worst historical fictions I have ever had the misfortune of encountering.I'll give Saylor points for concept - an historical novel covering the history of Rome from its founding to the end of the republic is a formidable and praiseworthy undertaking. However, sailing solo around the world is also a formidable praiseworthy undertaking, but if you forget to pack your lunch that just makes you a twat with an inflated view of your capabilities. [...]

    4. Excellent fiction. If I were to recommend a book to a child in order for them to learn more about Romans, this would be it.For the more experienced reader, Livy would suffice.

    5. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.I had no expectations whatsoever going into Steven Saylor's Roma. I only stumbled on it by accident, deciding to read it on a whim more than anything else. I had no comprehension of what I was getting myself into, nor any real grasp of the extensive scope of material covered within these pages. This being the case you might understand what a pleasant surprise my ultimate enjoyment of the piece was. Most family sagas tel [...]

    6. The book starts with the very first people to walk the Tiber route - the metal and salt traders, followed by a number of settlers who thought it advantageous to create a market for trade, through Romulus and Remus and the kings of Rome, followed by the tumultuous centuries of the Republic, culminating in the rule of Augustus.The story of Rome is also the story of two patrician families - the Potitii and the Pinarii, their rise and fall, successes and misfortunes, their members constantly in the [...]

    7. Good book, but not as fun as Saylor's Gordianus the Finder novels/stories.I think my problem here is the same that I have with lots of historical fiction -- or at least that branch of historical fiction which tries to cover decades & centuries in the course of one novel: you don't get to stay with any one character long enough to really care about them. The only author I've read who dealt with this satisfactorily is Edward Rutherfurd (I can't recommend his book Sarum enough). Every family me [...]

    8. An epic biography of the city, spanning a thousand years from the first meeting of traders across the as-yet unnamed hills to the rise of Augustus Caesar. Legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus are made historical, and Saylor even gives one possible source for the birth of the legends of Hercules and his vanquishing of the monster Cacus. Obviously, with a tome this vast, the narrative skips staccato-like over decades and centuries, but Saylor makes stops at all the high and low points: the [...]

    9. Covering 1044 years of history in 550 pages is quite a feat. Saylor does it by following two families down through the ages from when Rome was a stop on a salt trading route to the ascension of Octavius to be the first Emperor, Caesar Augustus.Each chapter is a vignette that might even stand alone but is tied to the previous story and the succeeding story by family ties and the passing down of a gold amulet, in the shape of a winged phallus, from generation to generation. By so doing Saylor is a [...]

    10. Another book about ancient Rome. A series of episodes from Rome's history. Starting before Rome even existed and ending just after Caesar was assassinated. Most of the stories were quite good and some even better. I found it interesting because the main emphasis is on the earlier periods of Rome, before it became an empire, and I have not really read much about those times and events. Well written and well researched.

    11. Just finished this historical novel about the founding of Rome until the time of the end of the Roman Republic. Historical mystery novelist Steven Saylor has outpace even his usual high standards on this book, a sweeping grand epic in the style of James Michener's historical novels such as "The Source" and "Hawaii". I highly recommend to anyone interested in ancient Roman history.

    12. He dudado entre 3 y 4 estrellas. La verdad es que el esfuerzo del autor merecería 4, por la extensión, por la buena documentación, etc. Pero de cara al lector, al libro le falta garra. De ahí el 3 final.La verdad es que escribir un libro, por largo que sea (que lo es) que resuma 1000 años de historia, no es tarea fácil. Que además intente hacerlo de forma novelada y amena, menos aún. Así que el hecho de que el resultado sea de interés, moderadamente ameno, y que de paso se aprenda algo [...]

    13. The subtitle says it all: "The Novel of Ancient Rome". Not "A novel", THE novel! The boast is not unfounded.Stephen Saylor steps through almost a thousand years of Roman history in a series of vignettes. In each one, we experience a pivotal moment in the life of Rome through the perspective of a different person. Sometimes I empathized with the character; at other times, I felt he or she was in the wrong.I'm used to historical fiction that takes place in a single period of time, investing itself [...]

    14. Saylor copies Edward Rutherfurd's idea of telling the history of a city or a nation by tracing one family. The problem is, he isn't as good as Rutherfurd is. Most of the characters, especially the women, are one dimensional. In addition, he makes Cleopatra boring. That's hard.

    15. Man, that final "Ben-Hur"-esque paragraph probably cost this book a full star in my view. So unnecessary!OK, here goesI really enjoyed the opening segments of this generations-spanning opus , probably because (as a huge "Masters of Rome" and "I, Claudius" fan) they cleverly told prehistoric tales of the earliest inhabitants of the area that would become the City of Rome, giving a foundation to the myths and legends the later Romans would come to believe. The depredations of the monster "Cacus", [...]

    16. I wanted to read this book because I love Roman history and culture, and have for many years. I'm also a fan of such works as "I, Claudius" (both the two books by Robert Graves and the miniseries), and the HBO series "Rome." Still, when I first started reading "Roma," I was a little skeptical. To put it bluntly, I found it incredibly, um phallocentric. Is that a word? But I let myself become immersed in the story, in which over many generations, the city of Rome emerges as the most vibrant char [...]

    17. This book is almost all talk, and after a while it started to grate on me. Steven Saylor spent too much time telling the story and not enough showing. This happened more and more as the novel progressed. The various protagonists would give long speeches, or give their children a history lesson regarding everything that happened in the previous decade(s). And sure while I know a lot of some of the major events, because I love history, I hated the way the book skipped passed certain major events o [...]

    18. This is Saylor's version of the history of Roma, starting from when it was merely a campsite for traders along the salt routes, and ending in the days of the Caesars. I enjoyed the very old details and stories because I hadn't heard them before, but once we reached the time period of 100BC onward, most of the material was familiar and even some of the little characterization stories that Saylor uses were repeated from his "Roma Sub Rosa" series (or vice versa). This wouldn't be a problem for som [...]

    19. Saylor employs the time-worn but effective vehicle of two family's fortunes to carry the load of a millennium of Roman history. From its founding myths to the end of the Republic, Roma provides a vast, broad, but shallow view of the city and the world it came to dominate. Choosing to focus on the lives of individual members of the fictional Pinarii and Potitii families as the generations pass in and around the city, Saylor denies us a front-row seat at the events that shaped Rome's rise to domin [...]

    20. Steven Saylor's Roma is well-researched and informative, a novel that emphasizes fact and history over story or character. In a very similar format to Edward Rutherford's novels, this book follows a single family over the course of 1000 years, a family who witnesses some of Rome's most important moments, pre-empire. Because of this format, the book could be considered a collection of deeply-linked individual stories, though Saylor occupies some grey area between novel and short story. Regardless [...]

    21. This was my first Steven Saylor book. It had a tough feat because it attempted to follow the first 1000 years of the city of Rome. Given the task and the ever-changing characters, I think he did a good job. It was a great idea to trace everyone through a family heirloom that got passed down from generation to generation. He seemed to get his facts mostly right, so as a Classics person I was not annoyed. It was a good escape and helped rekindle my love affair with the ancient world :) Let me know [...]

    22. Multi-generational, thousand year stories do make it impossible to get attached to any characters as they are there for a chapter and then gone. They provide continuity to the history and give a focal point but don't offer much else. I personally have little interest in pre-history so could have done without the first 3 chapters and I know more about Caesar than such a broad overview could portray, so the last 4 chapters were a bit boring for me as well.This could be a good way to learn about ge [...]

    23. Steven Saylor is known for his (at this writing) 11-book historical mystery series called, Roma Sub Rosa, in which Gordianus the Finder investigates historical cases in a well-researched Republican Rome context. I'd been grinding through Colleen McCullough's 8-tome rambling Masters of Rome series, when fellow Goodreaders suggested I dump McCullough for Saylor. But where to start? Three books of McCullough had already taken me from 110-67 BCE (from rise of Gaius Marius to Pompey's overthrow of Mi [...]

    24. I have only read two books by James Mitchener, "Poland" and "The Source" but I instantly recognised the format; we follow the history of both a specific group of individuals and of (in this case) a city over a span of history and in so doing become, as it were, familiars, like gods, watching things change, unfold, evolve. We know the real story, the truths behind the fables and the monuments. We follow the links of the chain as it leads us forward through time spanning wars, political machinatio [...]

    25. 1000 years of the history of Rome.Romulus and Remus (757BC)--legend that they were suckled by a she-wolf comes from the swineherd who found them after a flood. His wife was a prostitute. Ancient name for a prostitute was "she-wolf"Lupercalia- festival to celebrate the day Romulus and Remus and a friend ran through Roma naked except for wolf pelts over them.Haruspex- a diviner. From Etruscans.Asylaeus-patron god of vagabonds. Asylum derived fom this word.Quiranal-northern most of the seven hills. [...]

    26. Through this massive book we learn not only about the lives and lineage of two Roman families, we learn about the history and making of Rome itself. Many subtle misunderstandings we have as to how the empire was formed are corrected and many other things we suspected were confirmed. History is truly shown to repeat itself chapter by chapter as we follow families and citizens struggle for safety and power.Is this a novel, a blueprint for a television series on the History Channel, or a craftily w [...]

    27. Sheer graphomaniaIt seems that the epic undertaking of “Roma” to Saylor is just a convenient disguise to publicize his idiosyncrasies, at times clearly transgressing the borders of obscenity into the realms of depravity. Regrettably, such authors find their audience, however the genre of their books should be unequivocally revealed in order not to fool wider audiences, seeking a historic narrative, into dissolute stories. The phallic cult was not a solely Roman invention, nor was it the firs [...]

    28. THIS REVIEW WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW:Steven Saylor, the award-winning mystery writer of the Roma Sub Rosa series, undertakes the multigenerational historical saga in his latest novel ROMA. Pioneered by the late James Michener and current purview of novelist Edward Rutherford, Saylor’s entry into the genre is a noteworthy one. With his meticulous knowledge of ancient Rome, the subject matter seems a perfect match for someone of his impressive talent—a centuries-long [...]

    29. Forty-odd years ago, the citizens of Boston bestowed (or inflicted) a classical education on me, which included reading Caesar, Cicero, Livy and Virgil in the original.While Virgil mostly crops up in memory because the opening line of the Aeneid fits a Sousa tune and Caesar and Cicero creep into my writing style, that long ago reading of Livy applies here. Titus Livius probably began his only surviving work soon after Octavian Caesar defeated Marc Anthony and Cleopatra at Actium and became emper [...]

    30. Reading “Roma” was an enjoyable time-consuming experience. I finally had to stop myself from googling various gods, goddesses and historic characters to learn more about them, or I never would have gotten to the end of the book. I do appreciate Saylor’s inclusion of a map before each chapter showing the physical changes of Rome through the years and the genealogical chart at the beginning, and of course his thorough research and imagination in making connections and creating such believab [...]

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