Julia, Daughter of Rome by Elizabeth Elson


Julia, Daughter of Rome

Published February 10, 2012


This is the compelling tale of Julia, only child of the Roman leader Octavian, who inherited his power from the slain Julius Caesar. Julia is taken from her mother’s home to live with Octavian and his bride, Livia, who intends to groom Julia to be the perfect Roman matron. Julia rebels and is drawn to Rome’s poets, some of whom ignite her awakening passions. She meets Iullus, Marc Anthony’s son, and shares his passion for individual freedom. Their mutual attraction complicates Julia’s unsettled life, as her father has his own plans for her future. Twice Julia is forced to marry for political reasons. After her second husband’s death, while Octavian plans a third marriage for Julia, she and Iullus meet clandestinely, in the forest at Satyr ceremonies, in abandoned temples, and on the Forum steps in the dark of night. The Roman elite are scandalized, and when Julia’s father can no longer ignore what every citizen knows, the lovers must make desperate choices that rock the city of Rome and change the course of history in the Republic.

RHL Classifications:

Romantic Historical Fiction,

Augustan Rome

heat rating: 2

REVIEW RATING: 4 of 5 stars

REVIEW by : Ginger Myrick

Julia, Daughter of Rome is the story of a lesser-known character in Roman history. Daughter of Caesar Augustus—the upstanding reformer and unifier of the Republic of Rome—Julia is a spirited and indomitable woman who would not be cowed even by Octavian himself. As the only natural child of the Roman leader, she is married off in several attempts to get an irreproachable heir and secure the succession of her father’s bloodline. Though she acquiesces and plays the dutiful wife, as she has been trained to do, she never finds true happiness or satisfaction with any of her husbands.

But her passion and intense compatibility with Iullus, the charming and irreverent son of Marc Antony (the foremost of Octavian’s former rivals) is her one abiding desire throughout. While married to Tiberius, her longing for Iullus drives her into clandestine meetings with her forbidden lover, participation in the dark world of cults, and direct defiance of the edicts against adultery issued by her iron-fisted father, risking her position, privilege, and entire way of life.

This is a well-written book and packs an abundance of information into a compact, 217-page volume with much rich historical detail. It gives a well-researched account of the intricacies of everyday Roman life, touching upon subjects from the houses to the clothing down to the differences between the education of girls and boys. It also provides a comprehensive look at the customs, important events, and influential people of the time. I enjoyed it and recommend it to those readers seeking an informative read to supplement their knowledge of this period in the history of Rome.

My sincere thanks to the author for a free eBook.

Kindle edition $4.99


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