A retelling of the stories of classic and mythological Roman figures brings together such characters as the aged Julius Caesar, his inheritance-seeking son Ptolemy, the beautiful Venus, the monstrous Herod, and the state-loyal Marcus Brutus
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Friesner blends understated speculation on the affairs of men and their gods with the story of Marcus Junius Brutus whose fate is taken into the hands of a goddess on the eve of Caesar's scheduled assassination. Venus has plans for Rome that preclude Caesar's death, and she recruits Brutus to her cause, making him a new god-sponsored hero in the classical mold. Yet Brutus is not a god, but human, and as he seems progressively more godlike, it becomes clear that his humanity rules him. The tension between the mortal and the divine pervades the story; the ending provides an unspoken resolution to this tight, intelligent historical fantasy.
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Book Description Baen Books, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671877259