The Roman Empire never fell. Driven by political ambition and internal dissent, thrown into turmoil by rebellion and civil war, it changed and adapted, but it never fell. The balance of power between Byzantium in the east and Rome in the west ebbed and flowed, but the Empire never fell. And it continued to expand, taking in the New World, while still dominating the old. This ambitious and accomplished novel explores fifteen hundred years of alternate Roman history through the very human stories of some of those who lived through it: the soldier encountering the exoticism of the New World for the first time; the minor official exiled to Arabia for some misdemeanour whose meeting with a religious fanatic may have changed the course of history; the military hero seizing his destiny; the innocent British aristocrat witnessing the destruction of the royal family; the children who find the last emperor in a decaying wood are all vividly and memorably portrayed. "Roma Eterna" takes it's place among the great alternate histories.
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Robert Silverberg was born in 1935 and began to write while studying for his BA at Columbia University, publishing his first short story in 1954. He is one of the most prolific of all SF writers and among his many fine novels are Tower of Glass, Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth, Thorns, Shadrach in the Furnace and The Stochastic ManFrom Publishers Weekly:
In Hugo and Nebula winner Silverberg's epic alternative history, as grandly sweeping and imaginative as his celebrated Majipoor Cycle (Lord Valentine's Castle, etc.), the imperial Eternal City (aka Roma) takes 2,000 years to decline but not quite fall. Starting with a scholar's recollection of a failed Hebrew exodus from Egypt centuries earlier, this unusually moving novel depicts 10 crucial historical moments, each centering on the personality of a fictional emperor seen through the eyes of an engaging lesser figure, like an imperial bureaucrat, a luscious and wealthy widow, a brave legionary commander, a conscientious architect, a hunky son of a Celtic chieftain, or even barbarian children who unwittingly bring down the last emperor. Silverberg seamlessly interpolates glimpses of Rome's real history in this handsomely crafted fiction, whether looking back to the ideals of the ancient Republic-duty, honor, country-or inventing a captivating cast of might-have-beens. He unifies his narrative with unusual but convincing historical theory: that Roma's vaunted religious tolerance, in turning the sacred into a mere instrument of governance, had sown the seeds of revolution-a spiritual and intellectual upheaval that here leads the children of Israel to a second and glorious trek to the stars. Guided by the sure hand of an old master, these many roads lead to a fascinating city of multitudinous souls.
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Descripción GOLLANCZ, LONDON, 2003. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. EMMA WALLACE(JACKET ART) Ilustrador. First Edition. Science Fiction. Alternate history novel. 385 Pages. The Roman Empire never fell. It has waxed and waned in power, between the competing captials of Constantinopolis in the east and Roma in the west. The empire has continued to expand and has encountered the new world, while still dominating the old. Fifteen hundred years of Roman history is told through the human stories of some who lived it. Ex-library copy. Clear plastic protective cover over dust jacket. Residue of issuing form and library sticker on front endpaper. Slight stress on internal binding affecting the pages up to the copyright page. All pages secure. Strong binding overall. Clean, tight pages. Pages are lightly tanned. Location: STC104 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Ex-Library. Nº de ref. de la librería 009455