No power on Earth can resist the might of Imperial Rome, so it has been and so it ever shall be. Through brute force, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved a world. From the reign of Maximilianus the Great in A.U.C. 1203 onward through the ages -- into a new era of scientific advancement and astounding technologies -- countless upstarts and enemies arise, only to be ground into the dust beneath the merciless Roman bootheels. But one people who suffer and endure throughout the many centuries of oppressive rule dream of the glorious day that is coming -- when the heavens themselves will be opened to them and the ships they are preparing in secret will carry them on their "Great Exodus" to the stars....Continua
Very good attempt at an alternative history of a better world (Im Italian :) )The writing flows extremely well and all stories are interest and well built around fairly credible, if not always fully developed, characters. The historical framework is rationale and engaging.If anything, I would have liked a more in-depth review of how society evolved and how global history had been affected, but you can have both nice free standing stories and historical depth in a novel without making it become a monster in terms of sizeFully recommended...Continua
I was curious to see how one of my favourites science fiction autors handled this topic. The result is a nice novel where the problem of the wide time frame is faced by using different main characters in every chapter. Also each character comes from a different social class and age. This in part reminds me the similar choice adopted by Asimov in the foundation series though, contrary to Roma Aeterna, there were some characters described for longer and in more depth.
It's interesting to see how the roman empire starts to change in respect to the real one from the very beginning. For example the way the two big religions of the empire area are wiped away is clever but perhaps to quick, as the author did not want to insert these variables throughout the story. Overall positive mark.