ROMA ETERNA ROBERT SILVERBERG PDF

Jul 25, Zoe rated it did not like it Robert Silverbergs point of divergence for his alternate history, in which the Roman Empire never fell, is that Exodus never happened, the Jews remained in Egypt, and Jesus of Nazareth was never born. Christianity doesnt exist in this universe, and paganism remains the dominant religion. Despite what Edward Gibbons liked to think, the link between Christianisation and the collapse of Roman power in the West is tenuous at best, and most modern scholarship cites factors other than Christianity in explaining the end of the Roman Empire. This allows a relatively familiar course of events, until the divergence after Caracalla allows the Roman Empire to survive and not collapse in the fifth century. Despite the new line of emperors in the West, the Eastern Roman emperor is is still Justinian I, who is still married to Theodora.

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Plot introduction[ edit ] The point of divergence is the failure of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt. Moses and many of the Israelites drowned, and the remnant—led by Aaron —were fetched back to slavery in Egypt , a traumatic event recorded for posterity in the Book of Aaron, an alternate version of the Bible.

Later on, the Hebrews were freed from bondage, and remained a distinct religious-ethnic minority in Egypt, practicing a monotheistic religion, up to the equivalent of our 20th Century 27th Century of the Roman Calendar. Still, affairs of the larger world, the rise and fall of empires and cultures, remained roughly the same as in our history up to division of the Roman Empire here, never Christianised. At this point, mutual assistance between the Western and Eastern Roman Empires against barbarian invasions preserved both from falling and kept Roman rule intact throughout the imperial dominions.

Despite the absence of Christianity, which in our history considerably influenced early Islam , Muhammad did start his prophetic career—but was assassinated by a perceptive Roman agent, nipping Islam in the bud and thus precluding the spread of any Monotheistic religion through the Roman Empire. Plot summary[ edit ] The novel is presented as a series of vignettes over a period of about years, from ab urbe condita AD to AUC AD Others describe the first Roman circumnavigation of the world and unsuccessful attempts to conquer Nova Roma Central America.

Many features of our own history are repeated in this history, though under changed circumstances: the equivalent of the 16th and 17th centuries have bold navigators and adventurers, romanticised by later generations but unpleasantly brutal and ruthless when looked at closely; in the late 18th to midth centuries, a decadent old order is overthrown by revolution followed by a reign of terror and the reemergence of Republicanism ; though Italy remains a central part of the Roman Empire, the Latin dialect spoken there develops into a kind of Italian , and the name "Marcus" changes into "Marco"; though Vienna is a provincial capital which never had an Emperor of its own, its population dances the Waltz ; by the 20th century, people travel by cars rather than carriages and by the second half of the century, space flight is achieved.

It concludes with the first story to be written, when a group of Hebrew citizens in Alexandria prepare to depart Earth in a rocket which explodes shortly after takeoff. But they will try again, still believing God chose them to inherit the Promised Land , just not on Rome-dominated Earth.

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Roma eterna

Plot introduction[ edit ] The point of divergence is the failure of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt. Moses and many of the Israelites drowned, and the remnant—led by Aaron —were fetched back to slavery in Egypt , a traumatic event recorded for posterity in the Book of Aaron, an alternate version of the Bible. Later on, the Hebrews were freed from bondage, and remained a distinct religious-ethnic minority in Egypt, practicing a monotheistic religion, up to the equivalent of our 20th Century 27th Century of the Roman Calendar. Still, affairs of the larger world, the rise and fall of empires and cultures, remained roughly the same as in our history up to division of the Roman Empire here, never Christianised. At this point, mutual assistance between the Western and Eastern Roman Empires against barbarian invasions preserved both from falling and kept Roman rule intact throughout the imperial dominions. Despite the absence of Christianity, which in our history considerably influenced early Islam , Muhammad did start his prophetic career—but was assassinated by a perceptive Roman agent, nipping Islam in the bud and thus precluding the spread of any Monotheistic religion through the Roman Empire.

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Reviewed by Steven H Silver Over the last several years, Robert Silverberg has built up a world predicated on the idea that the Jewish exodus from Egypt failed with the result that neither Christianity nor Islam arose and the Roman empire never fell. The ten tales which make up this world have now been collected in a book entitled Roma Eterna, which allows those without access to the varied magazines and books which contained the original stories to read them, and those with access to those volumes to have all the stories in a single, chronologically ordered volume. Spanning a period of nearly years from AD to AD , the stories tell of the continuation of the Roman empire as it discovers the new world and various technologies, facing trials never faced by the actual Roman empire or its Byzantine successor. Each story introduces a new cast of characters and situations, with Silverberg allowing culture and history to clearly continue between the stories. The quality of the stories is consistently high, with characters becoming fully realized in relatively few pages.

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