Caesar's Women

By: McCullough, Colleen

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First edition. 1996 Hard Cover. 696 pp. 8vo. Senator and debtor, general and seducer, orator and would-be world conqueror, Julius Caesar, as depicted in this fourth installment (after Fortune's Favorites) in McCullough's epic re-creation of ancient Rome, is both a force of nature and something of a momma's boy. He worships his sophisticated mother Aurelia, a fount of experience and a mine of common sense, while dismissing as not important his expensive, idle, and monumentally silly second wife, Pompeia. Its title notwithstanding, this marvelously researched and detailed novel focuses on traditional male pursuits-political intrigue, war, conquest-in the corruption-riddled late Roman republic even as it elucidates the behind-the-scenes influence of women in a repressively patriarchal society. Caesar, though tenderly loving and protective toward his daughter, Julia, pledges her as a child to the adolescent Brutus, with whose mother-the cruel, scheming Servilia-the future dictator of Rome has a purely sexual affair. Years later, Caesar cancels the betrothal in order to use his blossoming daughter as bait to forge a political alliance with the commander of the Roman legions. Meanwhile, Cicero, Caesar's main rival, is portrayed as an incurable vacillator and social climber who displays scant gratitude toward his sour and ugly wife, Terentia, despite her foiling a conspiracy against his life. With great brio, and ample attention to Roman customs and rites, as well as to the religious, sexual and social institutions of the day, including slavery, McCullough captures the driven, passionate soul of ancient Rome.

Title: Caesar's Women

Author: McCullough, Colleen

Categories: Historical,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, William Morrow & Company: 1996

ISBN Number: 068809371X

ISBN Number 13: 9780688093716

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2290317

Keywords: ROME FICTION HISTORICAL ROMAN HISTORIC HISTORY CAESAR JULIUS AUGUSTUS COLLEEN MCCULLOUGH WOMEN REPUBLIC POLITICAL POLITICS GAIUS PATRICIAN ITALIAN ITALY,