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The story opens on the day that the Western Roman Empire collapses finally in 470AD, as the last emperor of Rome is encamped protected by the Nova Invicta Legion. All is lost in the space of a few minutes as a horde of Barbarians sweep through the camp in the fog, kill the Imperial family and take the young emperor captive. The Roman Empire is in ruins... But all is not lost. From the dust of battlefields emerges a small team of invincible warriors - The Last Legion. Their task is to rescue the Emperor and his enigmatic tutor and to try and resurrect the glory of Rome. The film stars Colin Firth, Sir Ben Kingsley, John Hannah , Kevin McKidd (of BBC2's ROME) and Aishwarya Rai. Shot on location in Tunisia, Slovakia and Capri, this is a Dino De Laurentiis production, directed by Doug Lefler (Dragonheart: A New Beginning).
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi is Professor of Classical Archaeology at Luigi Bocconi University in Milan. He has published nine works of fiction, including the Alexander trilogy which has been translated into 24 languages in 38 countries. He has written and hosted documentaries on the ancient world, and has written screenplys for cinema and television. He lives with his family in the countryside near Bologna, Italy.Review:
Ancient Rome, Roman history, gladiators. This novel has them all. So it comes as no surprise to learn that Dino De Laurentiis, producer of Gladiator, wants to make the film of this historical epic by the author of the bestselling Alexander Trilogy. Set in the twilight years of the Roman Empire, a band of British Roman soldiers try to save the decadent crumbling Empire by rescuing Romulus Augustus, the young son of the last Emperor, and installing him as the figurehead of a rejuvenated Empire. But it all comes to nothing and they return to Britain where further adventures await them. Stirring, atmospheric and factually accurate historical fiction (the author is an archaeologist and historian) that certainly makes the most of the current interest in Roman adventures, Hollywood style.
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Book Description Macmillan Digital Audio, 2007. Audio CD. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110230013953