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Subject: new search-Caligula or Cleopatra?
Date Posted: 9/5/2012 12:10 PM ET
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Hey all sorry if this search has been done before. I was wondering if anyone had any recs for historical fiction novels based on Caligula? I would like it to be focus more on Caligula than the Roman times if possible. I know of one book called Caligua by Douglas Jackson but I read that it was more about his slave than Caligula, anybody read that? Thanks all! I also am looking for any books based on Cleopatra besides Cleopatra by Margaret George and Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran which I have yet to read =)

Date Posted: 9/5/2012 12:28 PM ET
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You may want to check out the non-fiction Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (2011) -- it received rave reviews from critics; mixed reviews from readers. I thought it was a solid, well-researched, and worthwhile biography, but it was not exactly a page-turner.

Date Posted: 9/7/2012 7:56 AM ET
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thanks for the rec I have trouble paying attention to actual history books unfortunatly. =(

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 1:33 AM ET
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How about I, Claudius by Robert Graves?

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 9:27 AM ET
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Colleen McCullough wrote Antony and Cleopatra, which was the 7th book in her Masters of Rome series.  I forget the first book she first appears, but she does pop up in the books that deal with Caesar.

Date Posted: 9/11/2012 6:00 PM ET
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I've seen anthony & cleopatra in my library, can I read the series out of order or not really? Thanks for the rec!

Date Posted: 9/12/2012 9:33 AM ET
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Personally, I would say no - read them in order.  They are very detailed novels with a large cast of characters that have spanned a number of novels in the series.  They also continue right where the previous book left off; so if you like continuity it would be better to read them in order.  I loved the series, but they are hefty doorstoppers.  However, I did learn much about Roman times, so that's a plus!   smiley

Date Posted: 9/12/2012 5:30 PM ET
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thanks for the advice, I will see if the 1st onein the masters of rome is in my library. I just got elizabeth taylor's Cleopatra from swapadvd, and I have to wait until this weekend to watch all 4 hours of it =) you ever watch that?

Date Posted: 9/13/2012 9:51 AM ET
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No, I haven't seen it yet.  

Date Posted: 9/13/2012 2:00 PM ET
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Yup, it's and oldie but a goodie!