Caesar's Women

Caesar s Women From Colleen McCullough the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes an epic and remarkable saga of great events intrigues and personages the story of Gaiua Julius Caesa

  • Title: Caesar's Women
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780688093716
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From Colleen McCullough, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Thorn Birds, comes an epic and remarkable saga of great events, intrigues and personages the story of Gaiua Julius Caesar the brilliant, beloved patrician who was history and the women he adored, used and destroyed on his irresistible rise to prominence.

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    1. In Caesar's Women, McCullough finally hits her storytelling stride. Caesar really comes to life, and what a life that is. McCullough is a sympathetic biographer who persuasively fills in the historical outline for Caesar's political career in the fourth novel in her Masters of Rome series, covering roughly ten years. The novel reflects the important women in his life, his mother Aurelia, his daughter Julia, and his mistress Servilia, with minor roles played by his last two wives Pomponia and Cal [...]

    2. I really wish they could have found a better title for this book, it smacks of soft porn and ripped bodices, but that being said, mcculllough is at her usual suberb best, bringing ancient history to life and giving you a feeling of having been there with them. granted. caesar was surrounded by women. his incredible strong mother aurelia, three wives, one died in childbirth leaving him a daughter, one whom he divorced, and then his last. he also was a notorious womanizer, who took great pleasure [...]

    3. Can you call this series a modern classic? Well, I just did, so there it is. After abandoning it as awful at the time of publication, I remain spellbound at this 4th book of the eventual 7. The style is odd and sometimes clunky - but I don't care! I never thought I could be so hooked on the story of Rome, which was never a favourite historical period of mine. I am also consistently awed by the breadth of CM's mind and obvious brainpower as she hooks it all together. An astonishing achievement. I [...]

    4. I could barely stomach what little I read of this book. I was very excited, because I found this one right as I was discovering historical fiction for the first time. I was sorely let down. Repeated references to various women as "juicy" was so low-brow, I felt like I was reading a trashy romance novel. I kept the book around, thinking I might pick it back up, but after several years I just got rid of it. Why waste time when there are so many quality tomes out there?

    5. The title may make this book sound like a romance novel of the Roman Empire, but it's well beyond any such thing (though does include a few rather well scripted sex scenes involving good ol' Caesar). Written with a savant-like skill for detail and period-appropriate descriptions and backed up with impeccable research, "Caesar's Women" is the story fo the rise of Julius Caesar and the women who are a part of his life as his star brightens. Although the book sometimes lacked readability due to its [...]

    6. So much more interesting than the latest European and American elections. You see very clearly in this novel how our justice and political institutions, made by white men for white men in the 18th and 19th centuries, were based on the Greek and Roman justice and political systems, also made by white men for white men.

    7. My favorite of the Masters of Rome series. I really like the portrayal of domestic life and the politics in Rome. Caesar 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 [...]

    8. Pēc maniem novērojumiem, vēsturiskie romāni dalās divās daļās: tādi, kuri literatūras labā pielāgo vēsturiskos faktus stāstam vai vispār diezgan brīvi aizpilda baltos plankumus, un tādi, kas literatūru pakārto vēstures izklāstam. Šī romānu sērija viennozīmīgi upurē literatūru uz vēstures altāra :). Autore paveikusi titānisku darbu, sarakstot septiņus pamatīgi biezus romānus, kas aptver ļoti ierobežotu laikaposmu no 2. gs. p.m.ē. pašām beigām līdz 1. gs. [...]

    9. Caesar's Women is not, as the cover and title might suggest, a romance novel disguised as historical fiction, but an accurate and meticulously researched portrayal of Ancient Rome. Filled with plenty of political upheaval, such as the witnessing of Caesar emasculating his enemies, the Optimates and Cicero being reduced to a whimpering fool. This novelization of history is more factual than most, as it presents historical events in its entirety. Caesar and his political strategies are brutal and [...]

    10. For a while in the 1990s, I was very much into the whole fictional take on ancient Rome and its most famous citizens, such as Sulla, Gaius Marius, and Julius Caesar. It was one thing to read standard biographies of them and quite another to get absorbed in some fictional lifestyles. Thus, it was Colleen McCullough I turned to with her very enjoyable 'Masters Of Rome' series. I wasn't disappointed.This is one of those summer-type books that get included in the walk to the beach. Spread that towel [...]

    11. Story: 8 (A reasonably clear account of Caesar’s pre-Gallic career)Characters: 8 (Well-written but not as memorable as Sulla)Accuracy: 10 (Basically perfect)I really hate the name of this novel and the next one. Caesar’s Women and Caesar? How uninspiring. I do wish she’d gone for her proposed title of Let the Dice Fly for the following one. I have no idea why this book is called Caesar’s Women. Women do factor into it, but not more regularly than in previous books. There is some truth to [...]

    12. The fourth in the 'Masters of Rome' series, covering 10 years from 68-58 BC, chronicling the rise of Gaius Julius Caesar, with most of the narrative set in Rome itself. Despite being part of the book's name, the first half of the book does not really focus on Caesar himself. Much of it is spent on building up the rest of the cast who would play an important role in Caesar's life during this period - from his allies like Pompey the Great and Marcus Crassus to enemies like Cato and Bibulus, and ev [...]

    13. It's my first book by this author. I only knew the "Masters of Rome" series was pretty famous, so I was excited to find this one for only 150¥. I can't say it was such a great read, though. The author had done her research, all the political and religious machinations and liaisons are explained at length, there are maps, plans, even portraits (a lol factor, definitely), there is a lot of detail (actually info overload), but The characters (especially women) had a very modern feel to me, and all [...]

    14. This book became a bit of a chore in the middle, hence why it is getting a lower rating. It's also mis-titled. Caesar's "women" actually only account for about a quarter of the book, the other three quarter's relate to the political rumblings and petty little battles. Interesting little reminders scattered about various places demonstrating just how advanced the Romans actually were. Indoor bathing, cisterns, under-floor heating all mentioned. Conversely it's also apparent that not much advancem [...]

    15. This is my second favorite so far in the Masters of Rome series. Second to the very first book, "Masters of Rome". Caesar establishes himself as a force to be reckoned with. His uncanny powers of manipulation are used for the advancement of his politics, therfore increasing his dignitas (his ultimate goal). After the death of the only women he truely loved, women become merely tools to be used to his advantage. He uses them for the destruction of other men, for their insights and to make sure he [...]

    16. I picked this monstrously thick novel up at my used book store. I am a sucker for history, and this seemed like a unique perspective. It follows the sordid and frequently raucous adventures of historically significant Gaius Julius Caesar. We meet his mother; his not infrequent lovers and mistresses; his wife; and we learn of the incredibly intense politicking that makes a lot of what happens in our politically-divided contemporary society much more understandable, and, sadly, lamentable. This is [...]

    17. It's a coin toss as to which is my favorite in the Masters of Rome series, Caesar's Women or The First Man in Rome.The women referred to in the title are not just Caesar's wives or lovers. It also refers to his mother, who was one of the most important influences in his life, his daughter, Julia, and even the Vestal Virgins that were in his care as Pontifex Maximus. It's a great look into the lives of the upper class women and a thoroughly interesting read. Unlike the major male players, less is [...]

    18. Sullo sfondo di una Roma repubblicana affrescata con dovizia di particolari e rigore documentario dalla scrittrice, si staglia in tutto il suo fascino la figura del giovane Cesare agli inizi della carriera politica. Il suo carisma, unito all'ambizione e alla mancanza di scrupoli, ne fanno il centro dell'esistenza delle figure femminili che lo circondano e gli spianano la via verso una inarrestabile ascesa nella vita pubblica. Senza dubbio una lettura interessante per chi ama i romanzi ad ambient [...]

    19. Not the kindest of people to read one powerful men of ancient Rome and a historically conscientious take on their personal lives. But a great read. Very academic, very dense, very enjoyable!

    20. “Comandarei um exército romano e conquistarei o mundo, pois acredito em Roma, acredito nos nossos deuses. E acredito em mim mesmo. Eu sou a alma de um exército romano. Nada me pode deter, vergar, desviar, esmagar.”“- A literatura – teimou Bruto – tornou-se demasiado vasta. Nenhum homem poderá abarca-la sem recorrer a sumários.”“- Eu não faço perguntas a ninguém, a não ser a ti. Dessa forma, nunca oiço mentiras.”“Não deixava de ser curioso que as criaturas detestáveis [...]

    21. 3.75 stars.In this fourth book of the Masters of Rome series, Gaius Julius Caesar finally takes center stage. This novel follows the beginnings of his political career, and focuses especially on his battles in the Roman Forum. Also, as the title suggests, Colleen McCullough explores his relationships with the most important women of his life.So far the first two books remain my favourite of this series. This is probably because, as much as I love Caesar as a historical figure, I am not yet compl [...]

    22. Brilliantly researched, brings the characters and Roman history to life. The title, which suggests a bodice ripper, could have been more accurately given. (It’s far from a sordid romance, and instead a political–cultural exposition.)

    23. Ambitious attempt to explain the ways of the Romans to modern readers. Caesar belongs to one of the oldest patrician families in Rome, the Julians, who are directly descended from the goddess Venus, and this curtails a certain dignitas that he must live up to as he aspires to become the greatest Roman of them all. Even though the Roman gods have the last word, humans can bargain with Jupiter and the lesser gods. That's the broad outline, but the details get bogged down by the political opponents [...]

    24. I liked this one a bit less than the earlier books in the series. This is actually the fourth book in the Master of Rome series. Earlier ones focused on key predecessors to Caesar in the late Roman Republic--Marius and Sulla. This is the first book then where Julius Caesar dominates the narrative.I don't think McCullough's books shine because of her prose. Some complain the books are ponderous, the prose pedestrian, and I think there's justice in that. She's not a strong stylist such as Robert G [...]

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