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Títol:Dominus: An epic saga of Rome, from the height of its glory to its destruction
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Dominus: A Novel of the Roman Empire de Steven Saylor

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Another great read by Saylor. While I agree with the reviewers who note the Pinarii family characters all seem like the same person, I still found this book a great read. That’s because the main character in this book is not any of the family members, but Rome itself. Saylor aptly traces the change from the zenith of the empire under Hadrian and the “5 good emperors”, through the crisis of the 3rd century and the emergence of Christian Rome. Saylor brings that change to life in a compelling fashion, and makes you understand all that was lost (and the very little that was gained) by this transition. The ending was a real kicker and I checked to see if the newspaper article was real - it is! He even has a setup for the next novel should he so choose. Would love to see his take on Julian. This is a good opportunity to recommend Gore Vidal’s historical novel about that emperor.

Three more comments:
1. All of Saylor’s books have some over the top camp, which makes them a lot of fun. This book was his most restrained in that area and maybe that’s why some readers felt it a bit too tame.
2. He had a real bone to pick with Constantine “the great” and perhaps he over did it (just a bit) in his portrayal of him as a ruthless asshole.
3. the historical coincidences in this book really strained the limits of the genre, but hey, not that much more than Saylor usually does, ( )
  aront | Oct 6, 2021 |
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Dominus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Steven Saylor is the third book in the Rome series. Mr. Saylor is a bestselling author and an expert on Roman history.

Rome has found itself with two emperors – Marcus Aurelius and Lucius, his brother. Marcus, a philosopher, rules the city while Lucius does the fighting and ruling the vast empire.

Ruling such a big country is difficult, certainly when a plague kills many in the city. Many charlatans and false prophets try to take advantage of the situation altogether, including ones from a new sect called Christians.

As Marcus Aurelius passes away, his successor Commodus is given the title of Augustus. Not interested in wars, Commodus wants to enjoy the peace, chariot races as well as gladiator fights. Additionally, Commodus builds an amphitheater, making himself popular with low-born Romans.

The scope of Dominus: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Steven Saylor is undoubtedly huge, spanning 160 very busy years. The novel includes many emperors, as well as other important personas during that time, the author wisely chose to concentrate on just a few.

I certainly enjoyed the historical aspect of the novel, changes to the empire in attitude, philosophy, and religion. The Romans viewed Christianity with an especially fearful eye at first, and being tolerable afterwards. As we all know, the religion was embraced by the emperor and the world has changed since then.

The narrative was a bit disjointed. Jumping from one subject to another, from one leader to another. There abrupt transitions brought me out of the story and I sometimes has to read back to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

By all means, spanning this much time is an ambitious project. I read and seen many history books which are twice the size, however only addressing a fraction of that timeline.

As with other novels I read by Mr. Saylor, the depictions of daily life are vivid and interesting. There is obviously a lot of research involved, and the author certainly knows enough to make conjunctures if needed. For me, this was the highlight of the book.

Getting a feel to what the Roman Empire was like, with great details is the strength of Mr. Saylor’s books. Brining historical figures, and others, to life as humans and not caricatures is a wonderful trait of historical fiction novels, and this one is no exception. ( )
  ZoharLaor | Aug 31, 2021 |
Steven Saylor gives us yet another brilliant peek into the window that is ancient Rome. Third of a trilogy, he helps us travel through time and gain insight into the rulers - from Marcus Aurelius to that of Constantine. Having the benefit of Saylor’s obviously massive effort at ploughing through the sources, doing research at UC Berkeley and UT Austin, we come away with an intimate understanding of that period, but also insight into the personalities of its emperors and other key players. Along the way we gain access to the bathhouses, the temples and the inner sanctums. This unique perspective is afforded us by the book’s Pinarius family and their brushings up against the city’s movers and shakers over the years. It is through this family that we too experience the assassinations, the intrigue, the brutal purges and the plagues that beset Rome. This is a fascinating portrait of a city in transition. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jul 17, 2021 |
This novel covers over a century of Roman history in order to explain the changes not only in empire’s elite, but in citizenry and Rome itself. It reads like several short stories cobbled together and it seems unfocused. From start to end it felt disjointed, and, somehow disappointing.

The book is well written just not well plotted. Saylor manages, through his research, to bring the times alive while at the same time jumping from story to story without settling on a single place in time to fully engage his readers.

If you like epic novels, then this is the book for you. If you prefer your historical novels to be focused on one point in time or on one character or family, you’ll probably want to pass on this book.

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Edelweiss for an eARC. ( )
  FirstReader | Jun 26, 2021 |
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