Il ritratto inedito di un giovane uomo alle prese con le sue debolezze, le passioni, i picchi di ingegno e le inesorabili conseguenze della seduzione del potere
Discendente dell’illustre dinastia Giulio-Claudia, Nerone è ancora bambino quando capisce che la Roma imperiale è un coacervo di rivalità e ferocia. Il solo fatto di essere destinato alla successione al trono mette a rischio la sua vita fin dai tre anni, quando lo zio Caligola tenta di annegarlo. Ma la sete di potere e di vendetta che dilaga nell’Urbe non gli impedisce di sviluppare una grande passione per la poesia, la musica e la cultura greca. Complici i suoi istitutori d’eccezione, fra cui spicca Lucio Anneo Seneca, Nerone diventa adulto molto presto. Ma il futuro imperatore non può dedicarsi, come vorrebbe, agli ideali di equilibrio e bellezza della cultura greca, perché nella spietata Roma del suo tempo ogni passo può essere l’ultimo. E ancor più che dalle macchinazioni dei nemici, Nerone deve guardarsi dalla persona a lui più vicina: sua madre Agrippina, una donna ambiziosa e senza scrupoli, il cui unico obiettivo è il controllo dell’impero. E proprio quando, attraverso inganni e subdoli espedienti, Agrippina conduce il figlio ai livelli più alti del potere politico, Nerone riesce a liberarsi dalla sua presa e a compiere il proprio destino, lasciando un segno indelebile nella Storia.
- ISBN: 8850255624
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 544
Margaret George has done it again and produced yet another triumph of historical fiction. This one follows the much maligned Nero from his humble beginnings in a lower branch of the imperial family tree to the prize itself, Roman emperor. Then, it ends on an epic cliff hanger, but I forgive her beca Leggi tutto
When I was young, I discovered Margaret George and devoured her historical novels. It has been quite a long time since I read anything by her, but she has kept to a similar formula – taking a historical character and then writing their life, usually from the first person perspective. Often the peopl Leggi tutto
I’ve started to delve into more historical fiction this year and after a kind recommendation of various books to try, it was this novel about Nero’s early life that grabbed my attention. Why him? Pretty much all of my knowledge on ancient history comes from early Doctor Who, when the remit of the sho Leggi tutto
This was quite a different look at the Emperor Nero, a man who has gone down in history as a tyrant, a deviant, an aberrant man who lusted both for power and the things he felt he was entitled to without a thought of the people he ruled. We are given the background of Nero and his relationship to his Leggi tutto
Margaret George excels in her autobiographical approach to the much-maligned emperor, Nero, of whom such sordid accusations have been made, it's almost impossible to extract truth from fiction. With few unbiased sources of research, as Nero's name was blackened thoroughly by his successors after his Leggi tutto
Readers of this blog are well-aware of my love for author Margaret George, so it should come as no surprise that I'm ending my reviewing hiatus just to share my love for her latest novel, The Confessions of Young Nero. Ms. George is the author who drew me into the Historical Fiction genre when I pic Leggi tutto
This book = THE ME I’M TRYNA BE IN 2017. Guys, I have a huge favor to ask you. Putnam asked me to review this book way back a few months ago, and now I finally got to do it! But could you guys please check out the full review on my blog? It's right here: https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co... . I'm Leggi tutto
Her writing is on the heavier side, but I completely understand why Margaret George is well-loved and respected in the historical fiction genre. This was a wonderfully informative read.
Nero was an excellent choice for a faux-autobiography: limited contemporary or near-contemporary sources (which have also been called out for anti-Nero bias); dangerous political and familial manoeuvring; an historical period of turbulent change and destruction. All it needed was a compelling storyt Leggi tutto
I managed 200 pages of this book and then gave up. At that point I wasn't even half way through it and Nero had just become emperor. Then I learned that this is only part one of Nero's story and I knew that I had made the right decision. I would prefer to read a history book about Nero rather than t Leggi tutto
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