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Former BBC freelance researcher Freisenbruch addresses a long-neglected topic in this intriguing study of the first ladies of the Roman Empire. While emphasizing such colorful individuals as Livia, the long-lived, scheming wife of Augustus; Agrippina, the mother of Nero, whose assertion of authority over him ended in her execution; and Julia Domna, the brilliant and tragic wife of the African-born Emperor Septimius Severus, Freisenbruch has also given us valuable information on less dramatic but steadier women whose presence enabled the Western Empire to flourish. Particularly significant were the roles of Helena and Fausta, the mother and wife respectively of Constantine the Great, in ensuring the triumph of Christianity in the Empire. Weakened only by a slight tendency to compare and contrast events with the modern media versions of Rome, Freisenbruch's debut is both fascinating and enjoyable. (Nov.) (c)
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“A groundbreaking study of some of the most powerful women in early Western civilization….The author breathes new life into these overlooked subjects. A captivating look at imperial Rome’s roots in the making of the modern stateswoman.”

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“Fascinating and enjoyable.” --Publishers Weekly

“A book both scholarly and racy…[Freisenbruch] restores to life some of the toughest, most colorful, and most bizarre women who ever existed.” –Robert Harris for Sunday Times (London)
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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141658305X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416583059
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By C. M Mills on April 20, 2011
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Caesars' Wives is the first book by Dr. Annelise Freisenbruch. The author was born in Bermuda, raised in England and sports a Ph.D from Cambridge University! Not bad for a young woman in her early 30s! Friesenbruch has also done work as a freelance classical historian for the British Broadcasting Company.
Caesars' Wives covers in detailed prose the lives of the most prominent imperial spouses in the four hundred years from the Julio-Claudian emperors of the first century AD. to the end of the Roman empire in 476 AD. Wives discussed include such colorful and murderous wives as Livia who was married to Augustus for over fifty years and their infamous daughter Julia Also chronicled are important rulers from the eastern empire. Especially to be noted are Cleopatra VII the wife of Mark Antony; Berenice the Judean princess who wed Titan and Helena who was the mother of the first Christian emperor Constantine.
The problem I had with the book is there are so many names and dynasties to keep track of it boggles the mind of the historicla layman! This is particularly true as the book nears its 465 page end. It is a well researced book written in a scholarly style. Freisenbruch has done her homework quoting extensively from such ancient authors as Suetonious, Dio Cassius,
Pliny, Ovid, Tacitus and countless others both pagan and Christians.
The book could well be used as a resource in a collegetiate level course on the Roman Empire. Along with information about the women we find good descriptions of changes in fashion, childbirth customs and the role of women in the ancient world. A good book by a fine young classical scholar. Look upon it as "I Claudius" and "Rome" (TV programs on the period covered in this book) put in print and viewed from a female perspective. The book includes illustrations of coinage and portraits of many of the women mentioned in the text.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lance B. Hillsinger on April 9, 2011
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No single book can tell the story of the Roman Empire. The best any one book can do is focus on one aspect and tell the story of Roman Empire through that focus. Through the lives of the notable women of the Empire -- not just those who were married to a Caesar - Annelise Freisenbruch gives us the history of Imperial Rome.
Anyone familiar with the history of the Roman Empire knows that recounting the historical narrative is difficult; many historical figures are known by multiple names and the same name is common to many historical figures. Frisenbruch included multiple genealogical charts to help the reader navigate through the morass of names.

However, Frisenbruch's style of writing adds to the confusion. For instance, in the first paragraph of chapter one, the story begins with Nero and his seventeen year old wife, Livia, running for their lives in a burning forest. In the next paragraph, the text jumps to the political fallout following the assaination of Julius Caesar. This is followed by a comparison of Livia to Cleopatra which is followed by a brief biography of Nero. Nowhere in the chapter does the author take the reader back to the burning forest and how Nero and Livia made their escape.

Similarly, chapter five begins with a discussion two plays about the emperor Titus and his mistress Berenice. These are plays that premiered in 1610! Berenice's story is quite an interesting historical figure; she is even mentioned the Bible. It would have been a lot clearer for the author to recount her story first and then report that in the Middle Ages her life was made into competing plays -- not the other way around. The confusing style continues in chapter eight.
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Long overlooked, the stories of the women behind the powerful men in Roman history get their stories told in this book. Author Annelise Freisenbruch pulls back the veil to reveal how the wives, sisters and daughters of the Julio-Claudians, Flavians, Antonines and Severans were involved in the jockeying for power and influence around the Emperor and future emperors. Livia gets a huge biography from Freisenbruch giving readers a much needed back story, including her father's flight from the partisans of Julius Caesar during the Civil War.
Among the ancient civilizations, Rome was unique in allowing women a place in public where the Greeks and everybody else kept their women sequestered. Freisenbruch goes far in showing sexual double standards being the foundation of social relations between the sexes and social class and social elevation were huge motivators and obstacles in people's lives at this time. Freisenbruch brings in a great depth and breadth of scholarship in antiquity but also women's issues across the ages. I myself have been really interested in the application of modern social theories and perspectives to the study of Classical Antiquity and the degree to which it makes stories from thousands of years ago seem very immediate and recognizable. This book definitely does that!
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Caesars' Wives: Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire - the title sounds absolutely tantalizing, doesn't it!
Much of the book is too, but this is not an "easy read." I would recommend this book to someone taking a college or elevated high school history class on a study of the Roman Empire. It is interesting and provides very in depth detail about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire; so much detail that a casual reader probably will lose interest along the way. But, if you are into this era of history, and can easily keep track of the familial relations and facts, you might like. Would not recommend to anyone looking for a summer read on the beach. I read this book during the winter while settled in a quiet den on a comfortable couch close to a warm fireplace. Cannot imagine reading this book with any distractions. Not a chance.
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