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Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough
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Jul 14, 12

bookshelves: roman-fiction
Read from April 02 to June 24, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 3

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 get to watch his daughter Julia grow up and become politically useful to him. Once he's elected Pontifex Maximus, he has the six Vestal Virgins to watch over, and does a really good job of it. Finally, there's his mistress Servilia, Cato the Younger's half-sister, whom he doesn't really love, but can't seem to give up. The book ends with his leaving Rome for his extended campaigns in Gaul.
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