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The Daughters of Palatine Hill Audio CD – Unabridged, 16 February 2016
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Two years after Emperor Augustus's bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion--Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.
Under the watchful eye of Augustus's wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents' enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women--Livia, Selene, and Julia--navigate the dangerous world of Rome's ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor's hands.
Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family's killers and her wish for revenge.
Can they survive Rome's deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world's most powerful empire?
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- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (16 February 2016)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1511342781
- ISBN-13 : 978-1511342780
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 13.97 x 0.64 cm
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It’s written from the point of view of different figures against the back drop. The book follows Mark Anthonys children who Augustus’s allowed to live, Augustus’s daughter Julia and Livia’s sons as they grow up, get married and have their own family. At times they are masters of their own destiny, most often their lives are dictated by what’s required by “Rome” or is dictated by Augustus.
The audiobook is brilliant, the different “voices” connect you with the character and the world from their perspective. Regardless it’s an amazing insight into life in Ancient Rome.
The author is clear that the story her interpretation of what could have unfolded at the time. Regardless it’s a great story and causes you to question the “versions” of history we’re told.