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He has no money, no reputation and no famous ancestors.' The love story of the Emperor Vespasian, who brought peace to Rome after years of strife, and his mistress, the freed slave woman Caenis, this book recreates Ancient Rome's most turbulent period - the reigns of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero and Vespasian's rise to power.

As their forbidden romance blossoms, Caenis is embroiled in political intrigue, while Vespasian embarks on a glorious career. Years pass, then Vespasian risks all in the climactic struggle for power - bringing hope for Rome, but a threat to the relationship that has endured for so long.

©1997 Lindsey Davis (P)2014 Audible Studios

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  • Kay Byers
  • 01-12-17

Spoiled

This is a good story but completely spoiled by the narrator. What a pity! Totally incoherent in many parts

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  • Angela C
  • 12-02-17

A Roman 'Triumph' for Lindsey Davis

A strong heroine illuminates the rise to power of Emperor Vespasian from such an unusual angle. We get the politics but also a story that touches the heart. Charmingly narrated by Diana Bishop I couldn't wait to listen to the next instalment. I absolutely loved this book. Accolades and wreaths to everyone involved.

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  • cdw
  • 03-27-17

What a lovely story!

I have reach this and listened to it overcame over again! One of my top 10 stories - ever!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-16

excellent love story

I first heard this over 10 years ago and have read and listened many times since. It is just one of the best written love stories I've come across. Fitting well with the record of history, it brings one of Rome's great characters to vivid life as well as giving a believable voice to his lady love.
It also taught me my Emperors down to Domitian.
Whether you'll be as taken with it we'll have to see!