Caspian Gates: Warrior of Rome: Book 4

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AD 262 — The Roman imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne. Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as mobs overwhelm the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them. At the same time, an even greater threat to the security of the empire advances from the north. The barbaric Goth tribes sail toward Ephesus, determined to pillage the weakened city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians — ...
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Overview

AD 262 — The Roman imperium is in turmoil after the struggle for the throne. Ephesus, Asia's metropolis, lies in ruins, shattered by a mighty earthquake. Its citizens live in fear as mobs overwhelm the city, baying for blood to avenge the gods who have punished them. At the same time, an even greater threat to the security of the empire advances from the north. The barbaric Goth tribes sail toward Ephesus, determined to pillage the weakened city. Only Ballista, Warrior of Rome, knows the ways of the barbarians — and only he can defeat them.

Renowned for their skilled blending of action and historical accuracy, Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome novels take the reader from the shouts of the battlefield to the whisperings of the emperor's inner circle. Rich in detail and punctuated by harrowing action, there's no better way to transport yourself back to the Roman Empire.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for the Warrior of Rome series:

"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

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Book four of the Warrior of Rome series follows Angle-turned-Roman soldier Marcus Clodius Ballista as an earthquake and an emperor still angry over what happened in the last novel propel the stalwart member of the equestrian order out of Ephesus northward to the Caucasus to try to stave off the barbarian Goths attacking vulnerable outposts of the empire. Ballista leaves wife and children behind, forming new alliances, including an intimate connection with Pythonissa, a beguiling Hecate-worshipper engaged in a fierce sibling rivalry with her brothers. Accompanied by ever-loyal Maximus and Hippothous, Ballista fortifies the famous Caspian Gates while proving himself a master of battlefield tactics and hand-to-hand combat. Battista makes enemies and blood feuds mount. Noted Oxford classicist Sidebottom offers maps, glossary, biography, and bibliography, but his fiction rises above the research, bringing history alive in gory detail. He envisions military life down to the bad jokes that define male camaraderie. Set in the third century C.E., with the Roman empire unaware of its ascension, this novel places one man between civilized and uncivilized societies both east and west to negotiate the differences. Sidebottom remains consistently meticulous about detail, old-fashioned about storytelling, and astute in portraying political backstabbing worthy of the modern arena. Agent: James Gill, United Agents, U.K. (June)
The Times (London)
Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship.
—The Times (London)
"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship."
—Timothy Severin
"He has the touch of an exceptionally gifted story teller, drawing on prodigious learning."
—Andrew Taylor
"The best sort of red-blooded historical fiction."
—Robert Low
"At last a piece of Roman historical fiction for grown-ups."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468303407
  • Publisher: Overlook TP
  • Publication date: 2/26/2013
  • Series: Warrior of Rome Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 401,701
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Harry Sidebottom is best known for the Warrior of Rome series of novels, published by Overlook. He teaches classical history at Oxford University, where he is a Fellow of St. Benet's Hall and a Lecturer at Lincoln College.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Recommend

    Great read, not as much action as the first two, but still a book I would recomend.

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