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Empire Continuing the saga begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma Steven Saylor charts the destinies of the aristocratic Pinarius family from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome s empire Th

  • Title: Empire
  • Author: Steven Saylor
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  • Page: 164
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  • Empire By Steven Saylor, Continuing the saga begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven Saylor charts the destinies of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome s empire The Pinarii, generation after generation, are witness to greatest empire in the ancient world and of the emperors that ruled it from the machinations of Tiberius and the madnContinuing the saga begun in his New York Times bestselling novel Roma, Steven Saylor charts the destinies of the aristocratic Pinarius family, from the reign of Augustus to height of Rome s empire The Pinarii, generation after generation, are witness to greatest empire in the ancient world and of the emperors that ruled it from the machinations of Tiberius and the madness of Caligula, to the decadence of Nero and the golden age of Trajan and Hadrian and .Empire is filled with the dramatic, defining moments of the age, including the Great Fire, the persecution of the Christians, and the astounding opening games of the Colosseum But at the novel s heart are the choices and temptations faced by each generation of the Pinarii.Steven Saylor once again brings the ancient world to vivid life in a novel that tells the story of a city and a people that has endured in the world s imagination like no other.

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    1. Empire is the follow up to Roma and I m sorry to say that it left me a bit disappointed In his comments at the end of the book the author confesses his own struggles in writing the book Once the Republic ended and Empire began the story of Rome largely becomes the story of the Emperors their failings, their successes, their digressions and so on I m not so sure that I agree with that assessment I think the author left an awful lot of potential untouched For example, what about the emergence of t [...]

    2. Was Empire as good as Roma No But it was still addictive in the extreme, and I inhaled it very quickly In some ways, Empire was a little better than Roma in that the time span was much shorter, and there were only four generations covered, one following the other Thus, each generation was like a small novel in and of itself I found most of the major characters to be sympathetic, with the possible exception of Titus Pinarius no spoilers here, but what a creep I really enjoyed the presence of Clau [...]

    3. Unlike the book Roma, which covers 1,000 years, this history of Rome covers a little over a century from the years A.D 14 to A.D 141 Saylor explores the reign of 16 emperors from Augustus to the infamous Nero who actually didn t fiddle while Rome burned to Hadrian whose wall built across northern England still partially exists He describes them in all their grandeur, benevolence, combative skills, religious beliefs, brutality, quirkiness, perverse sexual proclivities and maliciousness The Pinari [...]

    4. First empressions are always best perhaps I should not have reread this Because what once seemed like a giant feat of imagination and creativity, seems after a while well lets just say the idea journey through the years with the members of one family is still great, but the things that weren t bothering the first time, are unescapable now.Like the exposition There is less of it here than in Roma , but the characters are still having an unnatural amount of as you know conversations I suppose it s [...]

    5. The sequel to Roma and one my top expected non sff novels of 2010 was even better than i expected I liked Roma A but its vignette like nature needed to cover 1000 years of history made it read like a collection of related stories than a novel.Empire focuses on a much shorter period about 125 years and covers four main characters, the male line of the ancient Pinarius family and ends on a note promising The heart of the novel and the best parts are the middle two, with the 3rd one Lucius the Seek [...]

    6. This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages now, and I have been avoiding it, partially because of its size and partially because I thought it would read like a fact book However, I was as wrong as ever, I have had an inkling to read it for a while now and I finally picked it up I sped through this novel it was so captivating and I was completely engrossed in the story, I felt like I was learning about ancient Rome, but not in the way of facts Also, the book is sectioned into four to five [...]

    7. I have enjoyed reading Steven Saylor s excellent Gordianus, the Finder, series for years and was interested in how well he could transfer his excellent writing to an epic novel He proved that he could do this very well in the fascinating Roma a few years ago, and I was looking forward to the next chapter in this saga of the Pinarius clan WIth Empire Saylor has really hit his stride I really enjoyed reading this and hope that he will continue this saga through the next series of centuries to cove [...]

    8. This book, second in the set, moves into the age of the Emperors It is loosely based on Suetonius and Tacitus The family of the Potitii is apparently extinct but its bloodline survives in the Pinarii, who now pass the fascinum from generation to generation The stories are much sharply drawn and I liked this book better than the first This suggests that Saylor is far highly reliant on his source material than would seem to be apparent Suetonius is certainly a lively read than Livy With that sa [...]

    9. This is a great book It is better than the first book, Roma Despite the long period of time the book covers, it still has a flow to it It also includes many of the historians of the time The highlights of the book, are the lowlights of the Roman Empire during the Empire period 0 150 AD this being Nero, Caligula and Domitian Saylor is able to make their madness and atrocities come alive The unfortunate thing about the book is that it had to come to an end And for a book that has near 700 pages, f [...]

    10. Nowhere near as good as Roma I was looking forward to this book but found it much too long with long stretches of the book that just felt pointless.

    11. This is a novelized history of the Roman Empire from the ascent of Augustus through the death of Hadrian I think it is best enjoyed by readers who are familiar with Roman history of this period since it weaves in many important events that took place.As other Steven Saylor books, the story is told through the eyes of various generations of a fictional patrician family with deep roots in Rome s past The Pinarii, as they were known, had traditionally been augurs soothsayers and served kings and em [...]

    12. There is a fundamental rule of good story telling show, don t tell Unfortunately Steven Saylor decided to ignore it and make the novel part history book, part abstract, and completely boring There are also some obvious mistakes to be found in it Vestal virgins did not, for instance, have short hair but elaborate hair styles that have been very well researched And I don t agree with Saylor s opinion that a novel set in imperial Rome is innately boring than one set in republican times because the [...]

    13. The awesome continuation of the Pinarii family, a patrician family in the Roman Empire, whose closeness to the emperors gave them a glimpse of history This tale starts with the end of Augustus s reign to the start of Antoninus Pius s reign A very awesome historical fiction indeed.

    14. This was an interesting book about the history of the Roman Empire or at least a portion of it Saylor mixed historical facts with the storyline of a fictional family that is associated with the various empires over the decades Some of the information, such as the perversity of Caligula, may be a bit exaggerated, but it made for an interesting read However, what I found most fascinating was how Saylor focused on the building the various emperors built Reading about the construction of the Colosse [...]

    15. Empire is Steven Saylor s highly anticipated follow up to his centuries spanning historical fiction saga, Roma Both books trace the ancestral evolution of the Pinarii family as they bear witness to the foundation and growth of Rome and its Empire Roma covered the earliest foundations of Rome through the civil wars, while Empire picks up at the end of the reign of Augustus in 14 A.D through the reign of Hadrian in 141.Roman history is made up of fact, rumor, and myth, and Saylor hits on all of th [...]

    16. I particularly liked this one because it covered the times of Trajan and Hadrian harder to find in fiction centered on ancient Rome.

    17. I received an early review copy of this book through Library Thing This is a condensed version of a review posted on my blog.Empire continues the story of the Pinarius family chronicled in Steven Saylor s earlier novel Roma which followed the aristocratic family from the founding of Rome through the Republican years Empire picks up at the end of Augustus reign and concludes at the end of Hadrian s, covering about 130 years and four generations of Pinarii Saylor sets himself a Herculean task to c [...]

    18. Originally published on my blog here in October 2011.Why, when this is a sequel to Roma, is Empire given an English language title, rather than using, say, Imperium Empire follows on from the earlier novel, with a small gap less than that between some of the individual chapters which make up the story It describes the story of Rome from AD 14 to AD 141 the years in which the Roman Empire became an established institution Once again, the viewpoint characters are the various members of the fiction [...]

    19. This is the follow up to Saylor s novel Roma, which I also read and reviewed.The author admits, in an afterword, that there were difficulties in writing Empire that weren t an issue in Roma While the early Imperial Period is very well documented by contemporary authors, the writing is Emperor centric and it is harder to delineate between the heros and villains This did make for a less lustrous, cerebral read, but a good read nonetheless As someone very familiar with the period and knowing how w [...]

    20. When it works, this collection of short stories works very well indeed When it doesn t, it doesn t.This addictive series features five generations of the Pinarri family each of them memorable characters in their own right Their struggle for survival under the madness and enlightenment of Rome s first emperors is absorbing.But, and this is a big but, it is let down by awkward passages where conversation becomes forced Conversation, character development and even the story often takes second place [...]

    21. Saylor is able to accomplish something that I hope my own writing is able to do He makes ordinary lives interesting Many Roman novels focus on soldiers, gladiators, villainous deeds by the rulers In this book, you are privy to dinner conversations, strolls through the cities, gatherings of friends Its not an adventure excitement type of plot, but its fascinating Saylor s character s comments on the new fashion of men sporting beards, the ideal look of men from strong Greek to feminine , women s [...]

    22. Overall Steven Saylor is a pretty hamfisted story teller His use of exposition exclusively through conversation grows tiresome very quickly yet persists throughout the whole book Many of the characters speak in a way that is concerned with conveying information to us the reader than it is with sounding natural or realistic As for the story itself, I must admit that it is huge in scope and full of well researched historical info However, it should be mentioned that the portion of Empire that cov [...]

    23. Drugi tom cyklu Rzym zapowiada si na bardziej interesuj cy przecie dzieje Cesarstwa, nietuzinkowe postaci kolejnych cezar w, unosz ca si nad wszystkim atmosfera strachu, nieufno ci, cz sto przemocy, okrucie stwa i zepsucia, wszystkie te elementy sk ada si powinny na histori emocjonuj c i wstrz saj c Tymczasem Saylor podszed do wszelkich, mniej lub bardziej znanych, rewelacji w spos b nadzwyczaj asekuracyjny i dziwnie u adzony Bardzo mi to przeszkadza o, w zestawieniu z niedawno czytan powie ci G [...]

    24. I am curious about history, so I picked up this book at the bookstore.I rather enjoyed reading this The history of Rome, told through the eyes of various generations of this one family It was interesting to get some brief snap shots and glimpses of life in Rome and the Roman Emperor during their reign Infamous and famous emperors, this book definitely left me intrigued enough to further pursue information about some of the lesser known and the widely known Emperors like Nero, Claudius and Domit [...]

    25. I loved Steven Saylor s Sub Rosa series with Gordianus so much that I read the first of this new series, Roma as soon as it came out Was disappointed too much history, not enough characterization for me I swore I d never read another of his books When I recently ran across this second book in the series, enough time had passed that I forgot my earlier disappointment and grabbed it up Read all 600 pages and was once again, disappointed I think in trying to be historically accurate to the period f [...]

    26. Steven Saylor s novels are, for me, always an enjoyable read.Empire, in particular, is so I even bought this book thanx to a very thughtful friend having presented me with a much appreciatedbirthday gift card In that, although this is historical fiction the emperor s are given personalities , you only need to google the name of the emporer and violaa wealth of information erupts.Lifespans of the emperors span from 10 B.C thru A.D 180, its all there for your enjoyment Steven even had me liking N [...]

    27. Empire begins where Roma left off only now it is the age of the Caesars and not the Rupublic The family of the Pinarii are still the focal point, but it centers around can they maintain a good image and in the good graces of the ruling Caesar without losing all they own, such as family honor, estates, slaves and personal integrity Saylor does well at writing about the lives of the Caesars, but the thing that really made it hard to read was the fact that each Caesar, especially from Nero on, live [...]

    28. With Empire, Steven Saylor completes his dual volume historical fictional account of the rise and flourishing period of the Roman Empire The first book of the pair, Roma, brings the reader up to about 20 AD and Empire continues for another 120 years finishing with the emperor Hadrian, of Hadrian s wall fame In Empire there is less of the development of Roman Society and of the trials and tribulations of the people dealing with good, bad and just crazy rulers Empire should not be read until afte [...]

    29. A gifted author of historical fiction allows the reader to revisit times gone by and see them first hand through the eyes of the characters he creates.Steven Saylor does this exceptionally well in this book You are taken back to re visit the opening games at the Flavian Amphitheatre Colosseum , experience the terror of the great fire of Rome during the times of Nero, sit in a garden in Rome and see the ash falling from Mount Vesuvius whilst Pompeii was being destroyed all the whilst seeing emper [...]

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