The Novel of Imperial Rome
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"May Steven Saylor's Roman empire never fall. A modern master of historical fiction, Saylor convincingly transports us into the ancient world...enthralling!" —USA Today on Roma
Continuing the saga begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven Saylor charts the destinies of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome's empire. The Pinarii, generation after generation, are witness to greatest empire in the ancient world and of the emperors that ruled it—from the machinations of Tiberius and the madness of Caligula, to the decadence of Nero and the golden age of Trajan and Hadrian and more.
Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire, the persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum. But at the novel's heart are the choices and temptations faced by each generation of the Pinarii.
Steven Saylor once again brings the ancient world to vivid life in a novel that tells the story of a city and a people that has endured in the world's imagination like no other.
From Publishers Weekly
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Impressive. This a keeper. It makes one think and continue the search.
Excellent story telling of History
History of the Early Roman Emperors has been very lucidly portrayed. Most of the details have kept in the story. It is an excellent read and almost a page turner.
What a Terrific Book!
A friend introduced me to the writings of Steven Saylor about 6 months ago - I simply can't get enough. Empire is exactly what I had hoped it would be, and I found myself truly sorry I had come to the end. I chose to read Empire first (prior to Roma), as I was in the mood to feel present during the reign of Hadrian. Steven doesn't disappoint in bringing all the emperors to life, and besides being a top notch historian he just knows how to tell a terrific tale. If you enjoy being a part of Roman history's greatest moments, then I highly recommend you read Empire (and don't stop there - Gordianus the Finder awaits you in other novels!) I purchased this book as a download, but very quickly realized I want the hardback in my library. And, Steven, if you ever happen to read this - I will never again be able to look at a statue or bust of Antinous without thinking of Marcus Pinarus hovering somewhere in the background. Thank you - what a great book!
Now... back to Gordianus. I have some catching up to do.