Book Chat: Where do we go after Saylor?
- We are now at the point of finishing up McCullough and then read the latest
This brings us to May 16, not so far away. I've looked for some books and
historical figures in our chronological reads.
Cleopatra: There is the excellent
Memoirs of Cleopatra
by Margaret George
Paperback - 964 pages 4 edition (May 1998)
Griffin Trade Paperback
However, as you can see, it is quite tome!
Augustus: There are two good novels out:
by Allan Massie
Paperback Reprint edition (November 1995)
Carroll & Graf;
also known as
Let the Emperor Speak : A Novel of Caesar Augustus
This one is out of print, but maybe under that title in your public library!
The book presents the emperor’s life through a series of documents, giving us
views such as those of Marcus Agrippa, Cicero, and Antony, including Julia’s
diaries from Pandateria.
by John Williams
Paperback Reprint edition (March 1995)
Univ of Arkansas Pr;
Augustus tries to explain and justify his actions, first to his grandsons,
and then to people in general.
I found both books equally good.
If you have any other suggestions, please let me know as soon as possible, so
that I can offer you the choices in a poll.
Just keep in mind that the book either has to be currently in print or
available in public libraries. And no young adult literature please.
If there is an ancient writer or historian you want to discuss, please
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- I am new to the group and have only been at the Chat a couple of times -
when I have been able to get Wednesday nights off. I teach an evening class
on Wednesdays. I have, however, been keeping up with the readings and
have just finished Last Seen In Massilia and Caesar before that.
I prefer Saylor on account of his fictional ability or at least the mystery aspect
of his writing. McCollough undoubtedly has taught me more but I find it a bit
labour intensive for recreational reading.
In terms of the future, I ordered the book about Augustus by Allan Massie
and would like to see the group discuss this in the future. This book seems to
be chronologically relevant after reading Caesar. Anything by Davies or
Saylor however would suit me fine.
See you at the Massilia Chat!