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Let the Emperor Speak

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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published August 18th 1987 by Doubleday
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Massie places us inside the head of Caesar Augustus as Massie sees him. It is brilliantly done, especially Augustus's struggle to accept a doubled morality: his reconciliation between personal goodness and governmental expedience. Through Augustus's relationships between family and friends, Massie gradually unfolds the wrappings that protect Augustus from his world.

Who knows how close this comes to the real Augustus? But Massie has grounded him in what historical knowledge we have of this man wh
Not a favorite. I liked the emphasis on Octavius's rise to power and early friendships, but just couldn't get into the book (something about the writing style, maybe?).
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Allan Massie (born 1938) is a well-known Scottish journalist, sports writer and novelist. Massie is one of Scotland's most prolific and well-known journalists, writing regular columns for The Scotsman, The Sunday Times (Scotland) and the Scottish Daily Mail. He is also the author of nearly 30 books, including 20 novels. He is notable for writing about the distant past.
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