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More than nice, it's an important book,
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This is a 5-stars book!
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.
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