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The October horse

By: McCullough, Colleen

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Part of the Masters of Rome series
0099280523 / 9780099280521
Paperback
823.914
07/08/2003
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England
Historic novels
20 cm 1108 p. : ill.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Century, 2002.

Caesar is in the prime of his life and the height of his powers as the novel opens.

A man of contradictions, Caesar is happily married yet at the same time the lover of the enigmatic and subtle Egyptian ruler, Cleopatra.

He is at once a great general who commands the instinctive loyalty of Rome's legions, and a man who wishes to bring to an end Rome's endless civil and external wars, a man not only conscious of his own power, and contemptuous of lesser men, but respectful of the republic, and determined not to be worshipped as a living god or crowned as an emperor, a man whose very greatness attracts envy and jealousy to a dangerous degree.

With her extraordinary knowledge of Roman history, Colleen McCullough brings Caesar to life as nobody has ever done before, and surrounds him with an enormous and vivid cast of historical characters, portrayed here not as literary figures, but as real, living people, trying to control and master enormous political events and survive.

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