By Colleen McCullough
His victories have been legend -- in conflict and bedchamber alike. Love used to be a political weapon he wielded cunningly and ruthlessly in his deepest struggle opposed to enemies within the discussion board. Genius, normal, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar was once historical past. His other halves acquired him impact. He sacrificed his cherished daughter at the adjust of ambition. He burned for the cold-hearted mistress he may possibly by no means dare belief. Caesar's girls all knew -- and feared -- his energy. He loved them, used them, destroyed them on his impossible to resist upward thrust to prominence. And one in every of them may seal his destiny.
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And what was the truth? That Servilia's brother Caepio was only her half brother: in reality he was the first child her mother had borne to that upstart Cato Salonianus, though at the time she had still been married to Servilia's father. Who found himself with a cuckoo in the Servilius Caepio nest, a tall, long-necked, red-haired cuckoo with a nose which proclaimed to all of Rome whose child he was. Now that Caepio was a man of thirty, his true origins were known to everyone in Rome who mattered.
He has a nephew almost as old as he is, Balbus Minor, who is his partner. They did a lot of work for Pompeius Magnus when he was in Spain, and now they seem to own most of Gades. What the elder Balbus doesn't know about banking and other things fiscal doesn't matter. It goes without saying that the public purse was a shambles. But thanks to Balbus Major, I tidied it up splendidly. " Caesar shrugged, looked wry. " "Friendship," said Aurelia, "goes both ways. You know more individuals than the rest of noble Rome put together, but you let no Roman of your own class draw too close to you.
It is the height of folly to make a fool of a man in front of his peers by nicknaming him the Flea. " "What ridiculous nonsense! It happened ten years ago, when both of them were mere youths," said Aurelia. "Come now, you're well aware how sensitive tiny little men are to canards based on their size," said Terentia. "You're from an old political family, Aurelia. Politics is all about a man's public image. Your son injured Bibulus's public image. People still call him the Flea. " Aurelia asked, lips set.