Ancient Rome, Roman history, gladiators. This novel has them all. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Dino De Laurentiis, producer of Gladiator, wants to make the film of this historical epic by the author of the bestselling Alexander Trilogy. Set in the twilight years of the Roman Empire, a band of British Roman soldiers try to save the decadent crumbling Empire by rescuing Romulus Augustus, the young son of the last Emperor, and installing him as the figurehead of a rejuvenated Empire. But it all comes to nothing and they return to Britain where further adventures await them. Stirring, atmospheric and factually accurate historical fiction (the author is an archaeologist and historian) that certainly makes the most of the current interest in Roman adventures, Hollywood style.
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From the Back Cover
The Western Roman Empire collapses finally in AD 470 as the last Emperor of Rome is protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, killing the Imperial family and taking the young Emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins.
But all is not lost. From the dust of the battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors: The Last Legion. Their task is to rescue the Emperor and his enigmatic tutor and to try and resurrect the glory of Rome. It will take all their strength of character and bravery, as they guide the last Caesar in a dramatic journey of escape through a devastated Italy and northern Europe to their ultimate destinies in the land of the Britons . . . and the beginning of a new legend.
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