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Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough
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Mar 17, 08

bookshelves: fiction-historical-ancient-rome
Read in January, 1996

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 known about the women so McCullough can have a lot more license regarding their personalities.

I love this series more for its portrait of everyday life more than the interesting story of how Rome began to move away from its republican beginnings.
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