By Colleen McCullough
A sweeping epic of historical Rome from the number 1 bestselling writer of "The Thorn Birds"In this breathtaking follow-up to "The October Horse," Colleen McCullough turns her consciousness to the mythical romance of Antony and Cleopatra, and during this undying story of affection, politics, and gear, proves once more that she is the simplest old novelist of our time.
Caesar is lifeless, and Rome is, back, divided. Lepidus has retreated to Africa, whereas Antony principles the opulent East, and Octavian claims the West, the guts of Rome, as his area. although this stressful truce holds civil battle at bay, Rome turns out ripe for an emperor -- a real Julian inheritor to put declare to Caesar's legacy. With the bearing of a hero, and the riches of the East at his disposal, Antony turns out poised to take the prize. Like a real warrior-king, he's a professional basic whose lust for energy burns along a keenness for ladies, feasts, and Chian wine. His rival, Octavian, turns out a much less convincing candidate: the moderate, golden-haired boy is as managed as Antony is indulgent and as cool-headed and clear-eyed as Antony is impulsive. certainly, the 2 are well suited simply in ambition.
And even though politics and warfare are decidedly the provinces of fellows in historic Rome, girls are adept at utilizing their wits and charms to realize effect open air their conventional sphere. Cleopatra, the ruthless, golden-eyed queen, welcomes Antony to her court docket and her mattress yet retains her middle good guarded. A ruler first and a lady moment, Cleopatra has yet one wish: to put her baby on his father, Julius Caesar's, vacant throne. Octavian, too, has a powerful lady via his part: his beautiful spouse, raven-haired Livia Drusilla, who learns to wield quiet energy to assist her husband in his quest for ascendancy. because the plot races towards its inevitable end -- with battles on land and sea -- conspiracy and homicide, love and politics turn into irrevocably entwined.
McCullough's wisdom of Roman historical past is designated and large. Her masterful and meticulously researched narrative is full of a forged of old characters whose factors, passions, flaws, and insecurities are vividly imagined and expertly drawn. The grandeur of historic Rome involves lifestyles as a undying human drama performs out opposed to the dramatic backdrop of the Republic's ultimate days.
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L’Austria ha proceduto infatti sulla linea che porta direttamente al conflitto, ha soltanto avuto la forbitezza stilistica di definire in modo elusivo l’ultimatum, non lo chiama ultimatum ma «passo che contempla un limite di tempo», che in sostanza vuol dire la stessa cosa. Questo testo ultimativo col quale si ingiunge alla Serbia di ottemperare a ben nove condizioni, senza le quali la crisi è irreversibile, deve essere consegnato al governo serbo. Il ministro austriaco presso la Serbia, l’ambasciatore, ha delle istruzioni precise, che a noi sono note – i documenti diplomatici su queste vicende sono abbondantissimi e sono stati via via liberati, resi accessibili nel corso del tempo, già prima della seconda guerra mondiale, quindi su questa materia la documentazione non manca.
Mentre egli pronuncia queste parole, l’Austria ha già ritenuto che l’ultimatum sia stato respinto e quindi ha già proceduto a considerarsi in stato di preguerra, o di preparazione delle operazioni nei confronti del vicino regno serbo. Ma segnalare tale reazione a caldo, resa in ambiente ufficiale – quello del suo governo – da parte di Guglielmo II, significa segnalare anche come il discrimine fra guerra e pace sia stato fino all’ultimo minuto del tutto incerto: colui che viene indicato come il principale artefice del conflitto, l’imperatore di Germania, è però al tempo stesso colui che si è espresso – sia pure inutilmente – sulla reazione serba all’ultimatum in maniera assolutamente possibilista.
L’attentatore viene immediatamente acciuffato: è un tipografo di origine serba, ma suddito austriaco, di nome Kabrinovich. ». Il corteo faticosamente raggiunge la sua meta. La coppia principesca si fa vedere dalla folla, appare all’aperto, la folla applaude. Il conte Harrach – che siede accanto all’erede al trono – chiede al governatore se ha messo adeguate truppe a garantire la sicurezza di Sua Altezza; il governatore risponde piccato: «Lei pensa evidentemente che Sarajevo sia piena di attentatori».
Antony and Cleopatra (Masters of Rome, Book 7) by Colleen McCullough