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Caesars' Wives by Annelise Freisenbruch
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Apr 15, 12

bookshelves: feminist, history-ancient
Read from April 10 to 14, 2012

As I was walking my dog this morning (ain't she cute?), I saw a "Republicans for Voldemort" bumper sticker. Nah, Livia for president is my bumper sticker. Have you seen I, Claudius? Then you know what I am talking about. Honestly, Sian Phillips and Glenda Jackson should rule the world.

It was somewhat disappointing, therefore, to find that the mistress of manupultions, the plottress of plots, might not have poisioned anyone. But she sure was a hell of a woman.

Freisnbruch does deal with the problem of a lack of good sources, but pointing out that many of the stories about Rome's first ladies were remarkably similar (see, Hilary, it isn't just you). Her writing style is very engaging and she does a wonderful jonb of bringing the reader into Rome.

I didn't know, for instance, that a Roman first couple might have been inter-racial.

And man, did Gladiator get it wrong.

Enjoyable and worth while read.
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