Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran

Another winning book by Michelle Moran, this novel tells the story of Selene and Alexandre, the twin children of Cleopatra and Marc Antony.  Upon their parents' deaths, they are taken to Rome, where they are adopted by Octavia, sister of Emperor Octavian(later known as Caesar Augustus, of Luke 2:1 fame).

Once in Rome, Selene and Alexandre quickly befriend several members of Octavian’s household, including Octavian’s heir, Marcellus, and Gallia, a proud enslaved princess. Moran creates a word in which we get to experience all kind of domestic life and social conventions in imperial Rome, with a mix of historical and fictional figures.  Juba, the prince of Numidia, is appointed to guard over Selene and her friends but his role becomes more substantial toward the end of the novel.

Giving us a fascinating glimpse into life in imperial Rome, this is another historically accurate page-turner that will captivate you from beginning to end.

Highly recommended.

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