Roma Eterna

Roma Eterna

by Robert Silverberg
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Roma Eterna by Robert Silverberg

What if the Empire never crumbled -- and the Eternal City reigned supreme for thousands of years?

No power on Earth can resist the might of Imperial Rome, so has it been and so it ever shall be. Through brute force, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved a world, crushing all who would oppose her in her divine mission of total domination. From the reign of Maximilianus the Great in A.U.C. 1203 onward, Rome thrives through the myriad bloody intrigues and corrupt sovereignties that would doom a lesser state. Upstarts and enemies arise and fall, ground beneath merciless Roman boot heels: the prophet Mohammad murdered before his influence can take root; the Mayans in Mexico cruelly subjugated by the invading hordes of the Emperor Trajan VII on their first voyage of circumnavigation.

So it is and so it ever shall be -- into a new age of scientific advancement and astounding technologies.

Throughout the many centuries of Roman rule, one people have suffered and bled ... and endured. In the year A.U.C. 2723, at last a faint hope has been born with the advent of a miraculous new industry. For an intrepid band of those who are called Hebrews, the day is coming when the heavens themselves will be opened to them, and escape from Rome's eternal oppression may finally be possible -- as the ships are prepared in secret that will carry the enslaved on their "Great Exodus" to the stars.

A crowning achievement in a majestic career that has already spanned six decades, Robert Silverberg's Roma Eterna is a triumph of the imagination that reveals the acclaimed author at the breathtaking peak of his narrative powers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380978595
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2003
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Robert Silverberg has won five Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and the prestigious Prix Apollo. He is the author of more than one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels — including the best-selling Lord Valentine trilogy and the classics Dying Inside and A Time of Changes — and more than sixty nonfiction works. Among the sixty-plus anthologies he has edited are Legends and Far Horizons, which contain original short stories set in the most popular universe of Robert Jordan, Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, Orson Scott Card, and virtually every other bestselling fantasy and SF writer today. Mr. Silverberg's Majipoor Cycle, set on perhaps the grandest and greatest world ever imagined, is considered one of the jewels in the crown of speculative fiction.

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Roma Eterna 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting alternative history "fix-up" novel about a Roman empire without the influence of Christianity. The premises of most of stories are solid, but the stories are marred by frequent "word spinning". Worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silverberg is a very good writer, and he presents both familiar (Falstaff from Henry IV, the Reign of Terror, the Romanovs) and new stories (the exiled Roman courtier in Mecca) in a decently-crafted alternate world. While the characters and plots are believable and occasionally touching, their premises just aren't that great. I mean, the whole Exodus thing is a bit of a stretch, and really should have been developed further before the last story. Despite these flaws, the book is a smooth and satisfying read, but in a more literary than alternate history fashion.
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sounds good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I found the concept of an eternal rome facinating, this book fails to deleiver on its promise. In the 2500 years of rome's rule not one change occurs. All the stories except one could have been set in 300 AD, and in that one changing rocket to big boat would have brought it back to 300 AD. If you are a fan of Alt history do not read this
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book disappointing, but reading the other reviews on this site makes me realize that this is a collection rather than one continuous story. While reading it, I thought it jumped around too much for me to hold onto names and dates. While I enjoyed the idea of the alternative history with Rome as the supreme superpower in the world, I questioned some of the ideas that the author brought up, or rather other ideas that weren't brought up. I guess you can play that off as part of alternative fiction, but it just didn't fit for me. The book is a good read for those that like the 'what if' question, but as a whole, I didn't enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The dust jacket referred to the Hebrews and their place in this Roman Empire, but for the first and last stories, they were almost non-existent in the stories, and the book as a whole could have done without them. An interesting read, to say the least.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Exodus failed to take the Jews from Egypt into the Promised Land. Thus Christianity never surfaces as the Jewish people remain enslaved in Egypt. Still Rome rises to defeat the neighboring Barbarians. The rest is history (at least alternative) as key global events fostered by ROMA ETERNA starting in A.U.C. 1203 (A.D. 405 our time) into the next fifteen centuries occur as the Roman Empire ebbs and grows.

Robert Silverberg rewrites several of his related short stories into an epic alternative historical novel that engages the reader with intriguing theories of how much different the world would be if one pivotal event (albeit Moses leading the Jews) had a different ending. Though entertaining and easily hooking the audience, the tale still feels more like a short story collection as none of the characters (over the fifteen hundred years) feel fully developed. Still sub-genre readers will relish this fascinating saga of a seemingly eternal Roman Empire as each subsequent chapter builds off of events that chronologically (and literally) preceded it.

Harriet Klausner