I'll admit that the title, Caesar's Women, piqued my interest in this book, but it wasn't long into the reading when I found that the object of my desire was Caesar, himself. In fact, I admit to falling madly in love with this young and vital Caesar. Colleen McCullough succeeds in drawing her readers into the mind, spirit, and body of this remarkable, God-like man, and allows us to fully experience Caesar, who charms us with his wit, intelligence, strength, and vitality. Having studied Latin and Ancient Rome, I was amazed not only at McCullough's thorough knowledge of her subject but even more by her ability to understand and depict the machinations of Roman politicians. American politicians are neophytes in comparison to the patricians and plebeians rising through the cursum romanum!
Caesar's Women is a book that you cannot put down, but also hate the thought of finishing, because it is that good. Having started in the middle of the series, I have now gone backwards and read Fortune's Favourites, which I also loved, especially the last part dealing with Caesar. But I have ordered all the other books in the series, which I will read this summer. I am sure, however, that I will return to Caesar's Women when I need a pick-me-up. Such a man as Caesar may only come once in a millenium, but we can experience him as often as we like in this superb novel.