Roma (Anglais) Relié – 15 mars 2007
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Le livre est agréable à lire, sans longueur, mais c'est un gros livre, il ne se termine pas en trois jours :).
C'est un roman historique, et l'auteur retranscrit bien l'évolution de la cité éternelle d'une halte sur une route de commerce, au premier marché etc jusqu'à la fin de la République. Le vocabulaire et l'écriture change au fur à à mesure que la société se complexifie.
L'auteur est historien de formation, spécialiste de la Rome Antique, et il sait utiliser les éléments historiques connus afin de nous faire replonger dans la société romaine, sans erreur.
I picked it up because I love History, where there is always so much to learn. Every single detail is linked to something before and after, whatever the place.
I started to read it as a novel, but it appeared that it brought me back to my own boyhood when I were hardly learning Latin. I knew already all these pages but I didn’t remembered it.
It is a big journey of 1000 years before Christ. I really enjoyed to travel back in all these “paintings”. The magic trick used by the author is to link all of them using this small amulet (the Fascinus) that is passed from father to son all along the centuries. Its real meaning is lost, the object is over-used, but until the end, the tradition remains alive. The result is a living book told by the one “in charge” of the Fascinus… The Fascinus is a the legend that makes this book a novel.
It is -as well- a real History book. Nothing is made up or forged. Events, dates, places, persons are real. Should you want to go deeper with this History of Roma, this is very good first step. I have observed all along these pages, the way the world has changed within 3000 years within its shape, its structure… but for many things the bottom is roughly the same. Human keeps learning but very slowly.
Old daemons are still there and it takes always a large amount of time to recognise them, to fight them and at the end -maybe who knows, one will be able to kill them.
As a conclusion, I’ve rediscovered my own roots as a latin person. This part of the world -Roma- and its History made what we are today.
So, yes I recommend this excellent reading. Thank you Steven Saylor.
I read a number of Steven Saylor's Roman mysteries years ago because they combined an intimate view of an ancient society and a good mystery. Now that's a combination I just can't resist.
Would Rome come to life equally well in an extensive almost 550 page novel? The answer is yes. That's because there is a link from one chapter to the next from 1000 B.C. to 44-1 B.C. This link is a carefully developed family tree that helps guide the way through the centuries. Using this device and splitting the book into a number of smaller, almost short stories, produced a workable scale.
Moreover, Saylor has a real knack for writing believable and life like characters. So instead of reading like Gibson's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the characters in ROMA spring to life. And, they can easily be pictured in a more modern era. Backed up with an intriguing story line and graphic descriptions the book become more easily read as one tries to anticipate what will happen in the next chapter. And, you are not disappointed.
When asked what was it like to do the research for such a big novel Saylor answered, "Sheer pleasure." I predict that should you read this fascinating and informative book you will experience the same emotion. I, for one, intend to revisit his previous Roman novels with perhaps a new insight.
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