Annelise Freisenbruch was born in Bermuda in 1977. After moving to the UK with her family, she studied Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and was awarded a PhD in 2004. She is the author of The First Ladies of Rome (Jonathan Cape), a highly-acclaimed history of Rome's empresses, which was published in the US as Caesars' Wives: Sex, Power and Politics in the Roman Empire (Free Press) and has since been translated into several languages. Her first novel - which previously appeared as Amazon e-book Blood in the Tiber - will be published by The Overlook Press and Duckworth in 2016. She lives with her partner in Dorset where she teaches Latin.