NOT for history buffs! This series has the main characters from Caesar's life but none of the facts are correct. If you want to learn about the real Caesar, this series is not for you, instead check out Collen McCullough's Roman series. This series is an okay read if one totally disregards history, but it would have been so much better if Igullden had used the astonishing facts of Caesar's life to construct his novels.
Caesar was raised on an estate outside Rome
His mother was mentally ill
Marcus Brutus was his best friend
Brutus's mother, Servilia, was a prostitute
Octavian and his mother are poor and not educated or refined
And on and on and on....
Caesar was raised in the Subura of Rome, a tenement district, which goes a long way to explaining his identification with the common people
His mother was a highly respected Roman matron who raised him and was admired and respected in Roman society
Brutus was about 13 years younger than Caesar and was actually a friend of Caesar's daughter, Julia
Servilia was a Patrician and although she had affairs, she was not a prostitute
Octavian and his mother, Atia, were Patricians and not poor
This was a great book. If you love Roman history, this is a must read.
I love this section of history, and not just for all the dramatized literature, TV, and movies the life of Julius Caesar has inspired. So it would be hard for me to not enjoy a historical fiction based on this mans life. The Gates of Rome does not disappoint. Conn Iggulden captured the early life of one of histories most studied characters. In this book we follow Julius as a young boy on his familys country estate up to his early 20s and the beginning of his military career. As a boy, his childhood friend Marcus and he meet together many trials and tribulations.
This book was more than I expected. So much of Julius Caesars life is on record that this story could have had a very textbook feel to it. However, that was not the case. We saw how the boys grew to men as real people and not as some dry historical figures attached to statistics, dates, and places. I am eager to begin the second in the series.
I give it 5 stars but then again I love history. The tale seems to be a fairly accurate protrayal of intrigue and murder in the roman Empire.
Like Rome the Television show but in Book Form. NOT like anything by Livy
Fast-paced, interesting - love anything with Julius Caesar
Really enjoyed this book! I read Genghis Khan series, which was great. Conn Iggulden's writing will take you on an adventure that leads you more and more exploration of the topic. I can hardly put this authors books down, once I startt reading them.
I tried to read this last year and just put it aside. I picked it back up for a challenge read and I am glad I did. It is an excellent book, I had heard that Conn Iggulden was a very good author and as I have his Genghis on my list as well I thought I would try this again.
It is the story of young Gaius Julius Caesar, and his foster brother Marcus Brutus from 8 years old to around 18. Iggulden imparts a great deal of information in a simply effortless style. Little is known about the early life of Caesar so Iggulden tells the story of how young men of their class would have been raised. I will be reading the other in the series and will be looking for to doing so. The character are fully drawn and as he tells of the brutal up bring of Gaius and Marcus at the hands of an retired gladiator you can see the shaping of these two boys into the men they would become. The death of his father in a slave uprising brings them in contact with Maris Caesar's Uncle co-consul of Rome who is himself in a power struggle with his co-consul Sulla.
Excellent novel about the young days of Julius Caesar.
Great and fun story. Looking forward to the next one, which i am starting today.