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Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome Book 4) Kindle Edition

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"It is a powerful story, and McCullough tells it with the verve of a novelist and the commitment of a historian" (Sunday Times)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6161 KB
  • Print Length: 930 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061582425
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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The 4th of McCullough's magisterial 'Master of Rome' series, this for me is the best. She reconstructs Caesar's early career from his return from Spain after the death of his first wife, till he leaves for Gaul. Because this is an era which is both little known and yet relatively well-documented, McCullough does an excellent job of sticking to the sources without ever sacrificing imagination and drama. Here she gets to grips now just with life in the Senate amongst the men, but also in the houses of Rome amongst the women: Caesar's formidable mother Aurelia, his lovely and adoring daughter Julia and his spiteful mistress Servilia.

Detailed, fascinating, slightly romaticised and yet compelling this is completely unputdownable.
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THis is the episode of Caesar's career that he spent mostly intriguing in Rome: it is about how politics were run then, who the personalities were, and all the ways in which he enjoyed and used women. It is a matter of taste, but I enjoyed it as much as the earlier volumes. While the author goes a bit too much in the everyday detail at times, this is an absolutely superb place to learn about ancient Rome in the twilight of the Republic.

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.
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The perfect gift for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

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.

No different today...
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Colleen McCullough was born in Australia. A neurophysicist, she established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney She then worked as a researcher and teacher at Yale Medical School for ten years. She is the author of the record-breaking international bestseller The Thorn Birds and her series of books on Rome have also been bestsellers. Colleen lives on Norfolk Island in the Pacific with her husband.

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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