The Gates of Rome

Book - 2003
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Random House, Inc.
From the author of the bestselling The Dangerous Book for Boys
Sweeping us into a realm of tyrants and slaves, of dark intrigues and seething passions, Conn Iggulden brings us a magnificent novel of ancient Rome—and of the early years of a man who would become the most powerful ruler on earth.

In a city of grandeur and decadence, beauty and bloodshed, two boys, best friends, dream of glory in service of the mightiest empire the world has ever known. One is the son of a senator. The other is a bastard child. As young Gaius and Marcus grow to manhood, they are trained in the art of combat—under the tutelage of one of Rome’s most fearsome gladiators. For Marcus, a bloody campaign in Greece will become a young soldier’s proving ground. For Gaius, the equally deadly infighting of the Roman Senate will be the battlefield where he hones his courage and skill. And for both, the love of an extraordinary slave girl will be an honor each will covet but only one will win. But as Rome is thrust into the grip of bitter conflict, as every Roman prepares to take sides in the coming battle, Gaius and Marcus’s friendship will be put to the ultimate test.…

Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press ; Delta, c2003
ISBN: 9780385343015
Characteristics: 357 p. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Gates of Rome


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Nov 22, 2017

Really enjoyed until the end when the author seemed to switch focus from Julius in Rome during civil war to Markus on a ship and whatever else.

Apr 04, 2011

Barbaric. Entwined children emerge as Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus.

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