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This review is from: The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I have always loved Ancient History, consequently I studied it at A Level. Initially, I took to Greek history instead of Roman. I've read reviews that challenge the accuracy of the novel. I say, so what? Thank you Iggulden for creating such a fantastic novel that has changed my opinion on Roman History and inspired me to check the accuracy of these novels. It is not too innacurate, and the authour concedes these points at the end of the novel and explains why he chose, as a result of creative diversity, to deviate slightly from the truth.
The book is expertly written, entertaining and engrossing. It introduces your to Gaius Julius Caesar during the death throws of the Republic, casting you into his early relationships with key figures that either lingure and fester until rotten, or they are unceremoniously killed off, or equally develop along with him, throughout the different novels in the series. Machinations in Rome, abroad, thought processes, actions, alliances, betrayal, all brought vividly to life. You don't need to know anything about Roman history to enjoy it.
The reason I fell in love with Ancient History as a child was because the events that occurred in Rome and Greece, the decisions of men, the battles that ensued, were all as entertaining as a fiction novel. I forgot that enthusiasm I held for that period until recentlty discovering these books. Read them, be entertained by them, then, if you're curious, check up on the accuracy, seperate the ancient history from the modern yarn telling.