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Product Details

  • Series: Empress of Rome
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1863256229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863256223
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,411,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Devenish is a scriptwriter, novelist, playwright, and lecturer. Former head writer for Australian soap opera Neighbours, he still writes for the show regularly. 

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scott b on March 1, 2011
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i had high hopes for this book but it turned out to be rubbish. the characters have little or no depth the story is hard to follow as it is jumping through time 10 or 20 years at a time. and none of the characters are particularly likable. i found myself skimming through the pages just to get to the end, then when the end did come it just stopped as if the last pages were missing, there was no wrap up of the story at all.
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By Delta Rose on August 26, 2014
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I love historical novels from this era. I found this one interesting as it takes the perspective that the women of this era who seemingly had no rights to speak of and were at the mercy of their fathers/husbands, still shaped history, though through alarmingly and sometimes horrific means. There is a lot of sex in it and mostly it seemed unnecessary. A lot of potions etc that seem unlikely as symptoms are more severe than a lot of the 'drugs' available today. Overall though I enjoyed the book and found it easy to read. A lot of the reviewers on this site have express the manner in which it is told (from the perspective of a slave) as inconsistent as a lot of it is hearsay but I think with any book written this occurs and I didn't mind it. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and want to know who the Empress mentioned at the very beginning of the book turns out to be.
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Luke Devenish covers one of antiquity's most influential and important women: Livia, otherwise known to us as Augusta, the wife of Rome's first emperor. In the course of her long life, she watched Rome emerge from the civil wars of Julius Caesar into a fractured dynasty that her second husband, Augustus, transformed into the empire we look back on today. Her sons were arguably the greatest men of their day, and she was the mother of a dynasty who shaped the next century's course. Livia set the standards for a Roman woman at a time when her great rival, Cleopatra, represented everything feminine Romans could not stand. In short, she makes for a fascinating literary and historical subject. We have a lack of primary documents written in her own words or correspondence that wasn't meticulously vetted by her husband, herself, or their successors. But there is quite a bit we know of the woman, even if it's often in unflattering terms (notably Tacitus), sensational (Suetonius and Cassius Dio), or completely evil stepmother (I, Claudius, which goes overboard).

Devenish somehow manages to take Livia and construct a completely unbelievable model with little in common with the original woman except a name, living in Rome, and a few details. Look at the cover, for one. Livia Drusilla was famously a blonde (or, on the outer edge of believability, strawberry blonde). What she wasn't? A dark-haired Mediterranean woman who, in her own right, is lovely. Maybe the marketing department chose the artwork and the model, but it sure isn't at all true to one of the few concrete facts we have more or less universal agreement on. First yellow flag, and it's not a good one.

But giving Devenish the benefit of the doubt, I set into this novel with considerable hope it might prove a diverting yarn.
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Riding the wave of the genre's popularity Luke Devonish puts out part one of his series. If you're into this sought of thing its good, if not then... OK maybe.
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