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Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough
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Feb 02, 2008

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Recommended for: fans of the Romans

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 dense recounts of Senate verdicts or the sparring of the various Catoes and Luciuses, overall it transported me to a place that fascinates me and gave me a thorough and believable image of a man who does the same. McCullough could do with some more flower in her writing- more adjectives and less antiquated terms- but I'd take her books over pretty, fluffy ones any day.
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