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The Caspian Gates: Warrior of Rome: Book 4

The Caspian Gates: Warrior of Rome: Book 4

by Harry Sidebottom
     
 

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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

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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).

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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."
From the Publisher
"Sidebottom's prose blazes with searing scholarship." — The Times (London)

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590207826
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
04/26/2012
Series:
Warrior of Rome Series, #4
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,197,408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
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

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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