The Caspian Gates: Warrior of Rome: Book 4by Harry Sidebottom
AD 262 --the Roman Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne that brought Gallienus to power.And Ephesus, the metropolis of the Eastern Empire, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them. Yet an even greater threat to the/p>
AD 262 --the Roman Imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne that brought Gallienus to power.And Ephesus, the metropolis of the Eastern Empire, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as the mob overwhelms the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them. Yet an even greater threat to the Empire advances from the North: the barbaric Goth tribes, determined to pillage the city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians, and only he can defeat them. In a relentlessly gripping and richly authentic tale of ancient warfare, The Caspian Gates is an adventure for Rome enthusiasts and scholars alike. Widely acclaimed for his Warrior of Rome series, Harry Sidebottom "provides a well-constructed, well-paced, and gripping account . . . which, as a good series should, leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next installment" (Times Literary Supplement).
"He has the touch of an exceptionally gifted story teller, drawing on prodigious learning." — Timothy Severin, author of The Viking Trilogy
"The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction." — Andrew Taylor, author of The American Boy
"At last a piece of Roman historical fiction for grown-ups." — Robert Low, author of The Oath Sworn Series
"Sidebottom remains consistently meticulous about detail, old-fashioned about storytelling, and astute in portraying political backstabbing worthy of the modern arena." — Publishers Weekly
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"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship." The Times
"Superior . . . fiction, with depth, authenticity and a sense of place." Times Literary Supplement
"A storming Roman epic with explosive action and knuckle-whitening drama." The Guardian
"I don't think I've ever experienced antiquity so directly: the brutality, the directness of expression and feeling, the deep bonds formed amid unmitigated violence." David Konstan, Professor of Classics, Boston University
Meet the Author
Harry Sidebottom teaches classical history at Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St. Benet’s Hall and a lecturer at Lincoln College. He has an international reputation as a scholar, having published widely on ancient warfare, classical art, and the cultural history of the Roman Empire. Blood and Steel is the second book in a major new series, Throne of the Caesars, and follows his acclaimed and bestselling series, Warrior of Rome. He divides his time between Oxford and Newmarket in Suffolk, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
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