By Colleen McCullough
His victories have been legend -- in conflict and bedchamber alike. Love used to be a political weapon he wielded cunningly and ruthlessly in his deepest struggle opposed to enemies within the discussion board. Genius, basic, patrician, Gaius Julius Caesar used to be background. His better halves received him effect. He sacrificed his liked daughter at the adjust of ambition. He burned for the cold-hearted mistress he may well by no means dare belief. Caesar's ladies all knew -- and feared -- his energy. He cherished them, used them, destroyed them on his impossible to resist upward thrust to prominence. And one in every of them may seal his destiny.
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And the skin which had been so exquisitely olive-colored, smooth and flawless, now filled her with dread—what if he was going to be one of the horribly unlucky ones and produced such noxious pustules that he scarred? Fifteen was too soon! Fifteen meant a protracted infestation. Pimples! How disgusting and mundane. Well, beginning tomorrow she would make enquiries among the physicians and herbalists—and whether he liked it or not, he was going to the Campus Martius every day for proper exercise and tutoring in the martial skills he would need when he turned seventeen and had to enrol in Rome's legions.
Open shutters looked out onto what was commonly regarded as a lovely garden, thanks to Gaius Matius in the other ground-floor apartment; his was the hand had found roses able to bloom in the shade, coaxed grapevines into scaling the twelve storeys of latticed walls and balconies, trimmed box bushes into perfect globes, and rigged a cunning gravity feed to the chaste marble pool that allowed a rearing two-tailed dolphin to spout water from its fearsome mouth. The walls of the reception room were well kept up and painted in the red style, the floor of cheap terrazzo had been burnished to an appealing reddish-pink glow, and the ceiling had been painted to simulate a cloud-fluffed noon sky, though it could claim no expensive gilding.
At which he rose, excusing himself on grounds of travel stains, though Servilia privately thought she had never seen a more immaculate traveler. But before he could leave the room Julia came up to him leading Brutus by the hand. " The smile and the greeting were expansive; Brutus was clearly impressed (as no doubt he was meant to be impressed, thought Servilia, still smarting). " asked Caesar over Brutus's shoulder. " he asked. " One brow flew up; Caesar grinned. Then he was gone. And somehow after that the rest of the party was— not quite an ordeal, more an insipid affair.