Gods and Legions A Novel of the Roman Empire In the year A D Julian a sheltered scholar and pacifist lives in peace until a summons from Emperor Constantine the Great changes the young man s life forever Dispatched to Gaul to help reclaim

  • Title: Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • Author: Michael Curtis Ford
  • ISBN: 9780312989408
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In the year, 354 A.D Julian, a sheltered scholar and pacifist lives in peace until a summons from Emperor Constantine the Great changes the young man s life forever Dispatched to Gaul to help reclaim a beaten Roman territory from German barbarians, Julian displays a surprising and brutal genius for survival against impossible odds Emerging as an unlikely hero and adoreIn the year, 354 A.D Julian, a sheltered scholar and pacifist lives in peace until a summons from Emperor Constantine the Great changes the young man s life forever Dispatched to Gaul to help reclaim a beaten Roman territory from German barbarians, Julian displays a surprising and brutal genius for survival against impossible odds Emerging as an unlikely hero and adored by a legion of zealots, his untapped ambition is ignited to reign as the new emperor It s a position of power that ll test the loyalty of his friends, stir the ire of enemies, and cast an ominous shadow over his mad, and most magnificently impossible conquest of allFrom the author of the acclaimed The Ten Thousand comes a breathtaking recreation of the historic rise to power of a ruthless yet unlikely leader plunged into the chaos of war and his shocking fall that would become one of the most fascinating mysteries of the ages A novel of courage and conviction, of loyalty and betrayal, of personal victory and dark ambition, Gods and Legions is epic storytelling at its most riveting.

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    1. This is technically brilliant historical fiction. Like Ford's earlier novel, The Ten Thousand, it was a laborious but ultimately worthwhile read. It is crowded with actual historical figures who are brought to life in vivid detail. The dialogue, much of which is derived from classical sources, rings true. The details of daily life, travel, politics, warfare and religious rituals are also given painstaking attention.From the point of view of a trusted court physician, this novel narrates the reve [...]

    2. A take on Emperor Julian, the last Roman emperor who tried to eradicate Christianity as the main religion of the Roman Empire (then situated mostly in Constantinople, now Istanbul). A lot of it seems to be Historically accurate though there are some areas that are considered to be questionable and the author does take liberties in certain areas where we really do not know, for sure, what happened. Great battles and ideas, especially in the beginning against the Persian elephants and the Germanic [...]

    3. Poor history, weaker fiction, esp. the 2nd halfThis book is rife with problems, most importantly the narrator. Ford admits in his intro that Julian is one of history's most fascinating characters yet saddles Julian and the readers with a vitriolic, unsympathetic narrator which makes much of the book, especially the latter half, an unpleasant read.Perhaps that was Ford's intention; by making the narrator, his cause and his viewpoint so vile that the reader would naturally feel empathy for Julian [...]

    4. A pretty good rendition of the degenerate Roman empire. The novelization follows closely Julian's actual life, so - kids - get over it - yes, the actual life was not all that Hollywood, though it had its moments.I love the characterization of Emperor Constantius. The other characters are drawn fairly well, and the action pretty good. The conceit of the narrator I thought worked OK, but could have been better.Roman History buffs will like it, others, maybe not so much.

    5. Muito bem escrito, belas descrições e caracterização dos principais personagens e da vida do império naqueles tempos tão conturbados

    6. You are tempted to admire the rise of an unlikely Roman emperor and military general, but in the end you just can't stomach the guy.

    7. I really enjoy reading historical fiction because I get to be entertained and educated at the same time and this book didn't lack in either department. It was a good read and I'm glad I got to learn more about a Roman figure because I really enjoy that historical period yet don't find myself reading in it often. It took me a while to get used to the letter "framing" narrative of the novel, but although I find it unbelievable that letters would've been quite so detailed I got used to it and ignor [...]

    8. I like historical novels that develop the individual characters rather than focus on just a series of events. I am presently close to finishing “Gods and Legions” by Michael Curtis Ford and appreciated his very personal portrayal of the Roman Emperor Julian. I do wish his narrative character, Caesarius, a Christian physician and longtime friend of Julian, had been more understanding of the followers of the ancient religions rather than behave as the typically intolerant believer of the perio [...]

    9. The Roman empire has become a part of popular culture and novels, films, and television shows about it are common. However most of these are set during the period between the late Republic and the end of the pax Romana. This novel is unusual in that it is set in a later period, the 4th century AD. It concerns Flavius Iulianus an actual historical person who ruled as sole emperor from 360-363. He would probably be just another in a long line of obscure, short-lived emperors except for one thing: [...]

    10. Embora não seja um grande fã do Império Romano, não posso deixar de admitir da imensa influência que o mesmo teve na civilização ocidental, sendo que, ainda hoje e após 1500 anos do fim do império no ocidente, é visível não só vestígios físicos como também uma herança cultural que legaram ao mundo e que proporcionou a evolução do pensamento moderno.“Deuses e Legiões” conta a história de Juliano (Séc. IV), narrada pelo seu médico e amigo, Cesário.Para alem da ascensão [...]

    11. This was the first of Mr. Ford's books I read and I found it easy to read, a real pleasure. His style is straightforward and the story flows unencumbered. It was interesting to read his interpretation of the character of this fascinating emperor--between madness and brilliancy, repudiating Christianity and embracing the barbaric rituals of polytheism of his childhood. His depictions of battles are realistic and one gets engulfed into the mellée. Cesarius' role is quite interesting and his parti [...]

    12. A great book that puts you in the time when the Roman Empire was divided into the western and eastern empire. Ford chronicles the brief stint of Emperor Julian, the ruler of the western empire while he was constantly watched and suspected by his rival Constantius II, ruler of the eastern empire in Constantinople. Ford puts us beside Julian as he campaigns against the Franks in western Europe and later against the Sassanid (Persian) Empire in the East. We see how the Caesar of the western empire [...]

    13. "Gods and Legions" is a well written book. Michael Curtis Ford is a capable writer who knows how to piece together a decent story. He had a good amount to work with in Emperor Julian, the last Roman Emperor to hold onto a polytheistic view on religion; and while the story moves along nicely, and the core characters have a reasonable amount of flesh, the aggregate just didn't pull me in. I really enjoyed Ford's "The Fall of Rome". What his stories lack in emotional depth, he makes up for in the p [...]

    14. I cannot remember the last time it took me two weeks to get through a book of 450 pages. I can't fully blame the oft-times slow paced action or the unlikeable character at the centre of the plot: Julian the Apostate. It has been a busy two weeks, but the unpredictable Emperor lends himself to a novel that seems to be more a compilation of his triumphs and tragedies than a well plotted novel. Julian starts out as the intelligent hero you want to cheer for, but ends the book as the pompous dolt yo [...]

    15. Excelente libro para los que le gusta la historia antigua como a mí. El autor hace una descripción tan detallada de cada personaje, momento, lugar, que te permite crear en tu mente la situación que esta narrando. Este libro cuenta la historia de Juliano El Apóstata (Siglo IV), uno de los últimos emperadores romanos que intenta, como la mayoría de ellos, extender el territorio y el poderío del imperio, incluyendo el territorio persa. También se cuenta su intención de desterrar al cristia [...]

    16. -Más que una reinterpretación, un camino diferente con destino similar al de la historiografía.-Género. Novela Histórica.Lo que nos cuenta. El obispo de Constantinopla escribe una misiva al Papa que va acompañada del diario que siguió su fallecido hermano, Cesáreo, que ejerció como médico del emperador Juliano a quien conoció por primera vez en Atenas cuando ambos eran jóvenes, en tiempos del emperador Constancio.¿Quiere saber más de este libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethro [...]

    17. For historical fiction readers this book is, all in all, a well told story. However, I did need to push myself to remain interested at times. Better editing could have tightened the story - I felt less detail of some of the battles and various other descriptive passages would not have taken away from the book itself. This is not a usual complaint of mine for I often feel descriptive passages give the author the opportunity to wax poetic and show off their writing skills, to set the stage for a s [...]

    18. Η γνωστή ιστορία του Ιουλιανού του Αποστάτη, πώς γλύτωσε από το μίσος του Κωνστάντιου, πώς μορφώθηκε από τον Μαρδόνιο, πώς αγάπησε το αρχαίο ελληνικό πνεύμα, η προσπάθειά του να γυρίσει την Ρωμαική Αυτοκρατορία στην ειδωλολατρία,η στρατιωτική του εκπαίδευση από τον Σαλλού [...]

    19. This was not as good as the other two books I have read from this author, but it had nothing to do with the author's writing style and everything to do with the subject matter, which was about Julian the Apostate. That being said, this is still a good novel and if you are interested in the Roman Empire, this is worthing reading; even without being completely involved in the story, I still learned quite a bit and did enjoy it.

    20. An extremely well-researched and well-written novel. The story follows Julian from his modest beginnings to his brief reign as the pagan emperor of the Roman Empire. His friend, physician and devout Christian Caesarius is the other key character. The tensions between the two men and the spiritual battle makes for compelling reading. I loved the way the author concluded the book. Excellent.

    21. Un personaje histórico fascinante, y una gran ambientación en una época interesante del Imperio Romano, pero cuyo relato no llega a enganchar. Es como si el autor no consiguiera hacernos empatizar con los personajes de la misma manera que sí lo han hecho las grandes novelas de Roma. Tal vez sea por esa oposición entre el narrador y el protagonista, que no es tan creíble en según qué momentos

    22. Started out very well and then just collapsed. Julian's "madness" is never clearly defined and it plays a large part in the plot. The last couple of hundred pages seem hastlily done, as if the author wanted to get the writing over with as quickly as possible. Why some parts of Julian's life are detailed while others are glossed over is puzzling.

    23. Tells the tale of the Emporer Julian in 4th century AD. It was ok, but there was something about the book that I didn't like. Can't really say, but it didn't. I think I kept expecting more - but didn't get it.

    24. Historical fiction about Julian in 354 AD and as he is made a Caesar he becomes an unbelievable dark bloddy character. Good history and per the author factual on the darkness of the character but difficult to read the blood and darkness of the character.

    25. Julian was a sheltered scholar and pacifist living in peace. An historic rise to power exposed his ruthless nature. His fall became a mystery for the ages. The story is told in the first person by his physician, who played a pivotal role in the final chapter of Julian's life.

    26. Not the best book I ever read. Compared with a lot of other historical fiction this one was lacking. However, it isn't bad and if people want to learn more about Rome in an interesting way this would be one of the books that I would have to recommend.

    27. Κλασσικό ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα, σε βάζει στην ατμόσφαιρα της εποχής, θίγει (όχι αναλύοντας ωστόσο) κάποια ζητήματα πίστης και φιλοσοφίας αλλά πάντα με τον Ιουλιανό πρωταγωνιστή. Το απόλαυσα.

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