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Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Detailed, fascinating, slightly romaticised and yet compelling this is completely unputdownable.
Caesar is the sun around which all the characters orbit as he takes the reigns of power into his hands to do things that no one imagined possible. It is a portrait of genius, at times a bit too superhuman, but then he is unequalled in so many ways by anyone in the modern world. He has not yet made his greatest military conquests, but is positioning himself, which is a political struggle against a bizarre spectrum of natural enemies.
The portrait of roman society also gains wonderful detail, in particular the role of religion in everyday affairs. Caesar becomes a priest, but as a source of power and as a way to stabilize his finances, which are perpetually in disarray. There are some hilarious episodes with the Vestal Virgins, forced circumcisions, and arcane battle between members of aristocratic families. Also, McCulough does not shy from giving an iconoclastic interpretation of Cicero as a vacillating and cowardly prig, however brilliant his self-aggrandising writings were; he in many ways is the most interesting character of this volume.
Warmly recommended as among the best historical novels you can find and certainly one of the most distinguished series ever written about Rome. McCullogh has again done her homework and you can tell it is a work of love.
Book four of the "Masters of Rome" series covers a ten year span, 68 BC through 58 BC. During this decade the whole world revolves around Rome... and all of Rome revolves around Julius Caesar. At this point in the series, you know all the important people intimately: Julius Caesar, his family, friends, enemies, and lovers. Politically speaking - very few people took a neutral position when it came to Caesar - most either loved or hated him.
This is the first volume of the series that does not involve extensive war scenes. Rather, it develops and expands on the domestic and cultural sides of Roman life. Having covered a total of 50 years since the series began, there are subtle signs of social change. Women are gaining more freedom and men of less aristocratic background are gaining entrance to the political scene.
You make the acquaintance of the Vestal Virgins - a select group of young girls who dedicate their youth to serving the Gods. And the author provides lots of scenes depicting religious rituals.
Episodes of the very first Italian Mafia running a "protection ploy" - actually offering protection from themselves "they sell protection from robbery and assault to shopkeepers and manufacturers. Fail to pay up, your goods are stolen... you're beaten up... your machinery is destroyed." (Pg. 619) And they are used by politicians to sway senate votes. It was common to have barbaric brawls break out during the voting process which occasionally resulted in the death of a senator.
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The three previous novels in Colleen McCullough's hugely successful series set either in Rome itself or dealing with the lives of its citizens, primarily Gaius Marius, Lucius Cornelius Sulla and the self-styled Pompey the Great have all been leading up to the brightest star ascending in the skies of Rome, Julius Caesar.
This is his story and the story of the Republic of Rome, where he was both adored, feared, hated and probably most of all resented. A man who was undoubtedly the greatest Roman who ever lived. A man who could truly be called great, but a man who had flaws in his make up. A man who was honest, who rewarded loyalty by giving it twice over in return, but a man who had a dreadful temper a love of women, but almost always choosing the wrong ones and although he tried to disguise it from everyone, a man who suffered from the `falling' sickness and was terrified that his enemies would find out and use it against him.
This is his story and the story of the people who fought tooth and nail to destroy him and all he stood for. No longer the young man who had sworn that he would find and destroy the pirates who had captured him in his youth. In accomplishing this task he had put his foot on the first rung of the ladder towards political greatness. Now he is becoming on the great leaders of Rome, commanding both the love and respect of the people of Rome and more importantly the might of the legions.
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A brilliant retelling of Ceasar's political life (and his relationships with the various women in his life at this time) in Rome leading up to and including his becoming Consul. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SydneyReader
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Had to read this one out of sequence. Once again the amount of characters and plots were awesome. Just can't keep up with all that's going on but it is so interesting that no... Read morePublished 9 months ago by dobie
Colleen McCullough is an amazing writer and was able to breathe new fire into known ancient historical events, filling the gaps in the dry facts with passion, emotions and other... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rage of the Shrimp
Great book that makes you want to continue reading...I look forward to next book or so..hopefully will meet expectations I havePublished 17 months ago by Peggy Bennett