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The First Ladies of Rome

(2010)
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Like their modern counterparts, the 'first ladies' of Rome were moulded to meet the political requirements of their emperors, be they fathers, husbands, brothers or lovers. But the women proved to be liabilities as well as assets - Augustus' daughter Julia was accused of affairs with at least five men, Claudius' wife Messalina was a murderous tease who cuckolded and humiliated her elderly husband, while Fausta tried to seduce her own stepson and engineered his execution before boiled to death as a punishment.

In The First Ladies of Rome Annelise Freisenbruch unveils the characters whose identities were to reverberate through the ages, from the virtuous consort, the sexually voracious schemer and the savvy political operator, to the flighty bluestocking, the religious icon and the romantic heroine.

Using a rich spectrum of literary, artistic, archaeological and epigraphic evidence, this book uncovers for the first time the kaleidoscopic story of some of the most intriguing women in history, and the vivid and complex role of the empresses as political players on Rome's great stage.

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Used availability for Annelise Freisenbruch's The First Ladies of Rome

Hardback Editions

August 2010 : UK Hardback
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Title: The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars
Author(s): Annelise Freisenbruch
ISBN: 0-224-08529-8 / 978-0-224-08529-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars
Author(s): Annelise Freisenbruch
ISBN: 0-09-952393-0 / 978-0-09-952393-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars
Author(s): Annelise Freisenbruch
Publisher: Vintage Digital
Availability: Amazon UK