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Le donne di Cesare (Masters of Rome #4)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  4,087 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Caio Giulio Cesare, rientrato a Roma dalla Spagna dove era stato questore, supera di slancio tutte le tappe del folgorante cursus honorum. Intanto si muove con incredibile disinvoltura anche in campo amoroso, facendo strage di cuori tra le patrizie romane. La potente, vendicativa Servilia, la capricciosa Pompea, sua seconda moglie, la giovane, elegante Calpurnia, la madre ...more
Paperback, 680 pages
Published 1998 by BUR (first published December 31st 1995)
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Paula Hebert
I really wish they could have found a better title for this book, it smacks of soft porn and ripped bodices, but that being said, mcculllough is at her usual suberb best, bringing ancient history to life and giving you a feeling of having been there with them. granted. caesar was surrounded by women. his incredible strong mother aurelia, three wives, one died in childbirth leaving him a daughter, one whom he divorced, and then his last. he also was a notorious womanizer, who took great pleasure ...more
I could barely stomach what little I read of this book. I was very excited, because I found this one right as I was discovering historical fiction for the first time. I was sorely let down. Repeated references to various women as "juicy" was so low-brow, I felt like I was reading a trashy romance novel. I kept the book around, thinking I might pick it back up, but after several years I just got rid of it. Why waste time when there are so many quality tomes out there?
In Caesar's Women, McCullough finally hits her storytelling stride. Caesar really comes to life, and what a life that is. McCullough is a sympathetic biographer who persuasively fills in the historical outline for Caesar's political career in the fourth novel in her Masters of Rome series, covering roughly ten years. The novel reflects the important women in his life, his mother Aurelia, his daughter Julia, and his mistress Servilia, with minor roles played by his last two wives Pomponia and Cal ...more
Feb 02, 2008 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Romans
Shelves: booksofthepast
The title may make this book sound like a romance novel of the Roman Empire, but it's well beyond any such thing (though does include a few rather well scripted sex scenes involving good ol' Caesar). Written with a savant-like skill for detail and period-appropriate descriptions and backed up with impeccable research, "Caesar's Women" is the story fo the rise of Julius Caesar and the women who are a part of his life as his star brightens. Although the book sometimes lacked readability due to its ...more
Caesar's Women is not, as the cover and title might suggest, a romance novel disguised as historical fiction, but an accurate and meticulously researched portrayal of Ancient Rome. Filled with plenty of political upheaval, such as the witnessing of Caesar emasculating his enemies, the Optimates and Cicero being reduced to a whimpering fool. This novelization of history is more factual than most, as it presents historical events in its entirety. Caesar and his political strategies are brutal and ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Apr 16, 2015 Ahmad Sharabiani marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australia
Caesar's Women (Masters of Rome #4), Colleen McCullough
Manu Prasad
The fourth in the 'Masters of Rome' series, covering 10 years from 68-58 BC, chronicling the rise of Gaius Julius Caesar, with most of the narrative set in Rome itself. Despite being part of the book's name, the first half of the book does not really focus on Caesar himself. Much of it is spent on building up the rest of the cast who would play an important role in Caesar's life during this period - from his allies like Pompey the Great and Marcus Crassus to enemies like Cato and Bibulus, and ev ...more
It's my first book by this author. I only knew the "Masters of Rome" series was pretty famous, so I was excited to find this one for only 150. I can't say it was such a great read, though. The author had done her research, all the political and religious machinations and liaisons are explained at length, there are maps, plans, even portraits (a lol factor, definitely), there is a lot of detail (actually info overload), but... The characters (especially women) had a very modern feel to me, and al ...more
Joanne Nock
This book became a bit of a chore in the middle, hence why it is getting a lower rating. It's also mis-titled. Caesar's "women" actually only account for about a quarter of the book, the other three quarter's relate to the political rumblings and petty little battles. Interesting little reminders scattered about various places demonstrating just how advanced the Romans actually were. Indoor bathing, cisterns, under-floor heating all mentioned. Conversely it's also apparent that not much advancem ...more
Vicki Cline
My favorite of the Masters of Rome series. I really like the portrayal of domestic life and the politics in Rome. Casear is portrayed as nearly perfect, and although I admire him a lot, it's a bit hard to believe he was this flawless. The various women of the title are quite interesting. We've met his mother Aurelia in the previous books in the series and get to know her a little better. She appears to be the one person he confides in, not really having any male friends of his own class. We also ...more
I picked this monstrously thick novel up at my used book store. I am a sucker for history, and this seemed like a unique perspective. It follows the sordid and frequently raucous adventures of historically significant Gaius Julius Caesar. We meet his mother; his not infrequent lovers and mistresses; his wife; and we learn of the incredibly intense politicking that makes a lot of what happens in our politically-divided contemporary society much more understandable, and, sadly, lamentable. This is ...more
This is my second favorite so far in the Masters of Rome series. Second to the very first book, "Masters of Rome". Caesar establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with. His uncanny powers of manipulation are used for the advancement of his politics, therfore increasing his dignitas (his ultimate goal). After the death of the only women he truely loved, women become merely tools to be used to his advantage. He uses them for the destruction of other men, for their insights and to make sure he ...more
It's a coin toss as to which is my favorite in the Masters of Rome series, Caesar's Women or The First Man in Rome.

The women referred to in the title are not just Caesar's wives or lovers. It also refers to his mother, who was one of the most important influences in his life, his daughter, Julia, and even the Vestal Virgins that were in his care as Pontifex Maximus. It's a great look into the lives of the upper class women and a thoroughly interesting read. Unlike the major male players, less is
Sullo sfondo di una Roma repubblicana affrescata con dovizia di particolari e rigore documentario dalla scrittrice, si staglia in tutto il suo fascino la figura del giovane Cesare agli inizi della carriera politica.
Il suo carisma, unito all'ambizione e alla mancanza di scrupoli, ne fanno il centro dell'esistenza delle figure femminili che lo circondano e gli spianano la via verso una inarrestabile ascesa nella vita pubblica.
Senza dubbio una lettura interessante per chi ama i romanzi ad ambient
Ambitious attempt to explain the ways of the Romans to modern readers. Caesar belongs to one of the oldest patrician families in Rome, the Julians, who are directly descended from the goddess Venus, and this curtails a certain dignitas that he must live up to as he aspires to become the greatest Roman of them all. Even though the Roman gods have the last word, humans can bargain with Jupiter and the lesser gods. That's the broad outline, but the details get bogged down by the political opponents ...more
Well-developed fictional series.
This 4th book in the Masters of Rome series covers the period from June of 68 BC to March of 58 BC. The Women of the title include Caesar's mother, Aurelia; his daughter, Julia; his mistress, Servilia, and his wives, Pompeia and Calpurnia. While Caesar's personal relationship to these women is part of the story, the focus is on how they impacted his political career and how he used them to further his success. Aurelia is his advisor; he uses Julia to form alliances, first when he betrothes her t ...more
Mar 31, 2013 Donna marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hibernating
I came to this book expecting to really enjoy it. I love historical fiction, especially about Rome for some reason. But sadly, this one was not very readable, although her scholarship seems rigorous. I'll give it another chance later, and rate it then. It could be I've been too distracted by current event reading, which I normally don't do as much of. Who can ignore the current financial mess, and general uprising in various parts of the world? We are living out history right now, it seems.

Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 07, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction
I liked this one a bit less than the earlier books in the series. This is actually the fourth book in the Master of Rome series. Earlier ones focused on key predecessors to Caesar in the late Roman Republic--Marius and Sulla. This is the first book then where Julius Caesar dominates the narrative.

I don't think McCullough's books shine because of her prose. Some complain the books are ponderous, the prose pedestrian, and I think there's justice in that. She's not a strong stylist such as Robert G
I was a little embarrassed to carry this book around due to its title, which makes it sound like a romance novel - and it is anything but. As with the previous three books in the Masters of Rome series, it is all about politics, wars, and the intrigues that go on in both (strictly male) arenas. The nod to women in the title reflects the fact that the author had finally come up to a time period in which there are at least some references to women in the historical sources, and she was eager to pa ...more
Frances Harris
Finally finished..and it was totally worth it! The intrigues of Roman politics are fascinating and the corrupt practices and elitism that was even at that point in history starting to creep in were,shall I say,a sad parallel to our current problems in government. Rome fell...
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I am currently plodding through this book. I picked it up, not knowing it was part of a series. Perhaps if I had read the previous books, I might have an easier time of it. This book has piqued my inte
The easiest way to become an expert in the end of the roman republic, and later, the end of Ceasar, is to read this series.
Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time-period.

This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.
The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu
And that's it for the series. Dealing with a decade of Caesar's political machinations in Rome, this is a cross between the political wonkery of The West Wing and the rough and tumble of House Of Cards. Only Colleen McCullough could make the Roman Forum so spellbinding as she writes exchanges such as:

Cato: "The morals of Rome are so depraved I resist everyday the urge to go home and hang myself."
Crassus: "Go Cato! Resist no longer!"

After this, the series becomes predictable (Caesar conquers Gaul
Matt McS
Colleen McCullough writes some of the best historical fiction I've read. She's highly educated, although her degree in Letters was awarded mostly as an honorarium for her Masters of Rome series. However, each work is highly researched, and has many pages of endnotes. There have been numerous incidents wherein I've thought she added in a situation merely to raise the level of drama, or took artistic license, and I've gone on to discover that she was quoting directly from the historical record.

W.C. Hart
I think Colleen McCullough did an excellent job of depicting the political system and the conflict associated with that system in Rome at that time. Many people have no idea how the Roman republic functioned in the days before the emperors. She also brought to life all of the historic figuires from that era and provided us a glimpse into what they were really like as people. The power and influence that women had in this male dominated society was I fel very accurately if maybe somewhat understa ...more
Rachel Buck
I find historical fiction fascinating and Colleen McCullough has re-created the world of ancient Rome in incredible detail. I appreciate an author that does in depth research of the historical records of the time period that they wish to place their book in. I found this book to be both detailed and vivid and because of that ancient Rome was alive again in my imagination.
Max Simpson
This book, in the series, spends a lot of time on the day-to-day existence of Caesar and the women in his life. His mother, daughter, the women of the temple, friends wives, lovers & Cleopatra. It also covers a lot of religious, political, economic and personal interactions and their details are fascinating. Well done Mrs. McCullough!
McCullough is a brilliant writer - as in a great writer with a brilliant mind. Her characters come to life with total authority - the words and actions she creates for them are so historically accurate that you'll wonder if she had been eavesdropping on these people. Her writing brings the history of the time period to life as well, and even if you have only a minimal understanding of Roman politics, you can still easily follow the machinations of the main characters (or ignore the very technica ...more
The fourth book of McCullough's First Man in Rome series takes place entirely within Rome and follows Caesar's ten years leading up to his consulship in 59 BC. It tracks the events of Caesar's tryst with Servilia, betrothing his daughter Julia to Brutus, the Catiline Conspiracy and the formation of the First Triumvirate. In particular, the depictions of Pompey and Crassus are exquisite, as is the rendering of why Caesar became such an autocrat and his constant head-butting with the boni. McCullo ...more
-Con todos ustedes…¡el preferido de McCullough!.-

Género. Novela histórica.

Lo que nos cuenta. Pompeyo es el primer hombre de Roma en este momento pero su carácter ha evolucionado y ahora se siente por encima del Senado merced a su gran visión de sí mismo y de su alianza política con el exitoso Craso y el fascinante Cayo Julio César, un joven este último que demuestra toda clase de recursos en su camino, lento pero inexorablemente seguro a pesar de los obstáculos, hacia la cima. Cuarto volumen de
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Colleen McCullough AO (born 1 June 1937) was an internationally acclaimed Australian author, born in Wellington in central west New South Wales to James and Laurie McCullough.

Colleen grew up during World War II. Before entering tertiary education, she previously earned a living as a teacher, librarian, and journalist. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered de
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Other Books in the Series

Masters of Rome (7 books)
  • The First Man in Rome (Masters of Rome, #1)
  • The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome, #2)
  • Fortune's Favorites (Masters of Rome, #3)
  • Caesar (Masters of Rome, #5)
  • The October Horse: A Novel of Caesar and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #6)
  • Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, #7)
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