Emperor: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series #1)

Emperor: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series #1)

by Conn Iggulden
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Emperor: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series #1) by Conn Iggulden

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 passions, Conn Iggulden brings us a magnificent novel of ancient Rome—and of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth.

In a city of grandeur and decadence, beauty and bloodshed, two boys, best friends, dream of glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator. The other is a bastard child. As young Gaius and Marcus grow to manhood, they are trained in the art of combat—under the tutelage of one of Rome’s most fearsome gladiators. For Marcus, a bloody campaign in Greece will become a young soldier’s proving ground. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win. But as Rome is thrust into the grip of bitter conflict, as every Roman prepares to take sides in the coming battle, Gaius and Marcus’s friendship will be put to the ultimate test.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385343015
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Emperor Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 60,395
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is the author of three novels about Genghis Khan, as well as the Emperor novels, all of which are available in hardcover and in paperback from Dell. He is also the coauthor of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Dangerous Book for Boys. He lives with his wife and children in Hertfordshire, England.

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Emperor The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
JessyNYC More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book while waiting for the train in York, UK. I was pleasantly surprised that once I started reading, I couldn't stop. The characters were all interesting. The story was appealing and very exciting. I loved the book and can't wait to continue with the series.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The mighty legions of Rome have extended the widening concentric power way beyond the political control of the ruling body, the Senate. Instead, the Generals of the conquering armies rule over the captured lands. The Roman leadership understands the need for a single Caesar with dictatorial authority to establish order so that the center holds. The current prime competitors for the job are Generals Marius and Sulla, both successful with their annexation campaigns. The Senate vacillates and civil war breaks out between the two legions with Sulla forcing Marius to retreat. However, Sulla returns to Greece to put down a rebellion, which allows Marius to triumphantly enter Rome and order the Senate to do his bidding. Watching his Uncle Marius¿ stratagem is his nephew Gaius who learns one key lesson to trust nobody, even though he allows his beloved childhood best buddy to remain close to him. Though anachronisms even noticed by this Shakespearean-based Ancient Roman buff will upset the purists, historical fiction readers will enjoy this deep look at Rome just before the rise of Julius Caesar. The thrilling story line is loaded with a feel for the Marius-Sulla rivalry and contains an intriguing spin (at least for us tyros) that sets the stage for the next volume. The audience obtains a robust look at key real life persons in their environs several of who could have served as role models for Machiavelli. Genre fans will take much delight with EMPEROR THE GATES OF ROME even those who knew before the climax the final turn of the chariot as Conn Igguldon spins a deep enthralling depiction. Harriet Klausner
Jonathan Johnson More than 1 year ago
everything that this authur has written is eagerly read.
kathysown More than 1 year ago
Initially I chose the book because I had already read this author's series on the life of Genghis Khan. Characters were well developed and likable. Having already read many wonderful series about Rome, I was initially skeptical. I enjoyed the author's writing style and the intimate voice of the main character, the young Julius Caesar. Those of you who enjoy good historical fiction will no doubt find this book and the other books in the series, a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Emperer four part series is action packed and good reading but Iggulden changed the history without benefit. When I read an historical novel, I want to learn something and be entertained.. this went too far.. the facts were changed too much. He makes Caesar and Brutus the same age when they were 15 years apart.. Rome was growing corn 1,500 years before it arrived in Europe.. Caesar's father died fighting when he actually died of a natural cause. It goes on and on and makes me wonder how much of his book is factual at all. Better to read another book to get the true story but, it is entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't understand people who review books for a living.Do they expect perfection? EMPEROR (first two books) has been a delight to read. Gives the reader enjoyment and very much his/her's moneysworth.
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Interesting account of a tumultuous period in history
Avidel More than 1 year ago
I found the book interesting and easy to read.
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A mans man book
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jbenion10 More than 1 year ago
I found my summer series! I'm hooked! Couldn't put it down
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Ineluctable More than 1 year ago
It a little slow to start and occasionally predictable. Its an easy and enjoyable read.
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Great way to get into the history immerse yourself
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