: Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar ( ): Conn Iggulden: Books. From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething. 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.

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For me, however, I do not like books that dedicate most of their quantity to childhood characters. Sep 02, Eric Smith rated it really liked it Recommends it for: There is absolutely nothing descriptive that makes it truly feel like you’re in Roman times. Leaving aside his glaring fictionalization, Iggulden seems to delight in creating wholly unappealing main characters.

More about Conn Iggulden. His mentor is his father’s estate manager and his trainer is an even tougher ex-gladiator. The protagonist This is of course Gaius Julius Caesar, a promising young boy.

Maak direct jouw profiel aan! Both men were far better than the shallow, vain political power-mongers Iggulden paints them as.

The Gates of Rome (Emperor, book 1) by Conn Iggulden

Iggulden portarys Marius as being a populist infinitely younger than he was by the time Julius Caesar was born. 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. Only a couple of beefs with the novel.

Jun 18, Jim Gifford rated it did not like it. Citizens will fight citizen in a bloody conflict—and Julius Caesar will be in the thick of the action. He is yet to develop his fearsome reputation.

This is one of those books I think you will need to discover for yourself. What emerges is a coming of age tale set in the Roman Empire, where the author imagines a vibrant characterization of the early years of the man who would become the most powerful ruler of his era. Rome is one of my favorite places ever since I was young.


His friend Marcus whom we find out some ways into the book is Marcus Brutus has marginally more personality than he does as does Renius, a fictional gladiator who trains the two of them in arms. I would rank both series as infinitely superior to Gates of Rome, and definitely say that HBO’s Rome series was far better at capturing Rome as it was knowing full well all its flaws than this novel.

To his stunned subordinates Sulla claims that “he [Julius] reminds me too much of myself” and that there “might be two of Marius in him”. See 1 question about The Gates of Rome…. It falls into a class of read that I never fail to find the words to elaborate on. Although Emperor is his first book he has published, he wrote poems, short stories and novels for himself.

The Gates of Rome

This is ultimately little more than a protracted introduction to a bigger story, which Iggulden will surely go bates to tell. Review of the audiobook narrated by Robert Glenister.

We doen ons stinkende best om alle functies te laten werken, maar het kan zijn dat dat nog niet overal lukt. Jun 19, David rated it did not like it Shelves: It’s a shame she wasn’t featured much throughout the novel but I am guessing she in introduced again later in the series. She isn’t such a bad bird and can be forgiving if you feel the need as an author to break free and dabble.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A good first book in the series but not nearly as compelling as his Genghis series. He than takes his chance and punish them for the deeds they have done, but later in the story, Suetonius becomes inferior to Gaius because he will become his superior in the legion. The sweetest way to say that I thought it was bad, but maybe it isn’t the authors fault. You read that blood is flying around, limbs are chopped off, while men of both sides are dieing, than the author also adds to it that Gaius keeps his head cool and orders his men to victory, in which you could very quickly see that this boy was destined for a great future.


I will surely read more of the genre. Though Iggulden has a solid grounding in Roman military history, anachronisms in speech and attitude “Cabera took him outside and gave him a hiding” roll underfoot and trip up authenticity.

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From my limited foray into historical fiction what I have seen from most authors is: But that’s not the point. Jun 23, Pages. In fact, Marius was able to flee the city and go into exile in Africa, and then later returned to Rome to be elected Consul for the seventh and final time. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Marius is quickly surrounded iggu,den captured.

Emperor: The Gates of Rome

Dude, Roman history is bad-ass enough. However, iggulden is just sexy enough not porny, but sexy that, as a teacher of middle school boys, I don’t feel comfortable recommending it to them. This is one of many things that just annoyed.

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