By Colleen McCullough
A sweeping epic of old Rome from the number one bestselling writer of "The Thorn Birds"In this breathtaking follow-up to "The October Horse," Colleen McCullough turns her realization to the mythical romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and during this undying story of affection, politics, and gear, proves once more that she is the simplest ancient novelist of our time.
Caesar is useless, and Rome is, back, divided. Lepidus has retreated to Africa, whereas Antony principles the opulent East, and Octavian claims the West, the center of Rome, as his area. notwithstanding this annoying truce holds civil conflict at bay, Rome turns out ripe for an emperor -- a real Julian inheritor to put declare to Caesar's legacy. With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony turns out poised to take the prize. Like a real warrior-king, he's a professional normal whose lust for strength burns along a keenness for ladies, feasts, and Chian wine. His rival, Octavian, turns out a much less convincing candidate: the mild, golden-haired boy is as managed as Antony is indulgent and as cool-headed and clear-eyed as Antony is impulsive. certainly, the 2 are compatible in basic terms in ambition.
And even though politics and battle are decidedly the provinces of guys in historic Rome, girls are adept at utilizing their wits and charms to achieve impression outdoors their conventional sphere. Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court docket and her mattress yet retains her center good guarded. A ruler first and a lady moment, Cleopatra has yet one hope: to put her baby on his father, Julius Caesar's, vacant throne. Octavian, too, has a powerful lady by means of his facet: his beautiful spouse, raven-haired Livia Drusilla, who learns to wield quiet energy to aid her husband in his quest for ascendancy. because the plot races towards its inevitable end -- with battles on land and sea -- conspiracy and homicide, love and politics turn into irrevocably entwined.
McCullough's wisdom of Roman historical past is specified and vast. Her masterful and meticulously researched narrative is stuffed with a forged of ancient characters whose factors, passions, flaws, and insecurities are vividly imagined and expertly drawn. The grandeur of historical Rome involves lifestyles as a undying human drama performs out opposed to the dramatic backdrop of the Republic's ultimate days.
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Are they complaining? Set your mind at rest, my boy. Now, here's a thought for you. Suppose we put up refreshment tables in the hall. " Next night, Theo was almost willing to admit the count was right. The Oracle Priestess had become fashionable among the Felden gentry, probably through lack of better diversion. The audience, more and more, came to see and be seen; to be amused by the antics of the phrenological head; to admire the wistful charms of the Priestess. There was much gossip and laughter; no one, as far as Theo could gather, truly believed in the girl's ghostly pronouncements.
Zara led him to Strawmarket Street. The girl said little, as did Theo, still rankling at her comment. When he told her he had no money for rent, Zara shrugged. He could, she advised, settle it with the landlord some other time. Florian, meanwhile, would vouch for him. " Theo asked. " Zara gave him a hard smile. " Chapter 13 NEXT DAY, having slept the clock around, Theo found his way back to the tavern. He wanted to thank Florian and take leave of him. He saw none of the company in the public room.
This man was white-haired and blunt-featured. One sleeve, bloodsoaked, had been slashed up the arm. The girl rummaged in the pockets. This time she whistled. She had discovered a purse of coins, and something else: The man was alive. Weasel crouched beside her, greatly interested. They had never found a live one. " The girl chewed her lower lip. She was a sharpfaced creature, more vixen than bird. The man was looking at her, muttering something she could not make out. She bent closer, listening, then glanced at Weasel.
Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, Book 7) by Colleen McCullough