The Daughters of Palatine Hill

The Daughters of Palatine Hill Two years after Emperor Augustus s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra he triumphantly returns to Rome To his only child Julia he brings an unlikely companion Selene the daughter of the con

  • Title: The Daughters of Palatine Hill
  • Author: Phyllis T. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781503952478
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Paperback
  • Two years after Emperor Augustus s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.Under the watchful eye of Augustus s wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents enemies Bound together by kiTwo years after Emperor Augustus s bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.Under the watchful eye of Augustus s wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents enemies Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women Livia, Selene, and Julia navigate the dangerous world of Rome s ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor s hands.Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all powerful husband for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family s killers and her wish for revenge.Can they survive Rome s deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world s most powerful empire

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    • Phyllis T. Smith

      I was born in Brooklyn, NY and still live about a mile from where I grew up I received a bachelor s degree from Brooklyn College and a master s degree from New York University, and pursued a practical career, teaching computer applications to workers who needed new skills to succeed on the job.I enjoyed helping my students realize their dreams But I always yearned to write historical fiction and in my spare time immersed myself in the literature, art, and history of the ancient world Eventually, I wrote a novel called I Am Livia about the unjustly maligned wife of Rome s first emperor My second novel The Daughters of Palatine Hill focuses on Livia s stepdaughter Julia, and Cleopatra s daughter Selene I look forward to writing novels set in ancient Rome.

    425 thoughts on “The Daughters of Palatine Hill

    • 4.5 starsThis book was captivating, I read it into the wee hours of the morning ! In my opinion, it fits perfectly the definition of historical fiction : it is based on known historical facts, but it recreates a whole universe during the reign of emperor Caesar Augustus and gives life to its characters thanks to the author's creativity and excellent storytelling.The story is based on the intertwined points of view of Livia, emperor Augustus last wife and his one true love, Julia, his only daught [...]


    • Phyllis T Smith has convincingly imagined the lives of three women in the time of Augustus, Caesars heir and adopted son. The women are Livia, Julia and Cleopatra Selene, a daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. I say imagined, because there was little recorded by or about women during this time. And yet they played an important role in the chess game of Roman political life.Women had no choice in who they married, could be divorced at the drop of a hat and were largely used as political pawns [...]


    • Detailed, dense without being slow or boring, full of rich versions of read people. Makes the inevitable feel less than predictable. Excellent followup to I Am Livia.


    • Thank-you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced reading copy of this novel.This novel is told from the perspectives of three very different women. Julia is the daughter of Emperor Augustus (heir to Julius Caesar), Livia is his wife and Selene is his ward, daughter of the defeated and now deceased Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. All three characters are striving to find their path in the new world of Rome after the civil war and the death of the Republic.For the most part I found thi [...]



    • this seemed to be well-researched, but it was so dry. i also get really bored when women's only happiness revolves around sex with men, which this was heavy on. just go write the bodice-ripper you obviously want to write.


    • Did not finish. The writing was quite simplistic. I can understand that for young Julia but not for adult Livia. The anachronisms were SO grating. A Roman soldier would not have popped off a "thanks" at the First Kid of Rome. I seriously doubt that Roman fathers walked their daughters down an aisle. And there was no Spain and no Italy at the time. Any amateur historian or fan of history would know that so one does assume that the author knows it, also, and is talking down to her modern audience. [...]


    • Listened on audio. Well researched. Well written. Well performed. I love that it is written from the women’s point of view. Thank you Phyllis T. Smith for making this time in history come alive!



    • The sequel to I Am Livia continues to follow the reign of Octavian/Augustus Caesar and is told from the perspective of three of the important women in his life; Livia, his wife; Julia, his daughter; and the daughter of Cleopatra and Antony, Cleopatra Selene. Once again I was enthralled with the author's ability to take a period of history and make it come alive with all of the emotion, the fears, the makings of a dynastic family amid constant turmoil. The portrayals of the main figures in this a [...]


    • I'm surprised and disappointed to be giving this book only two stars. I feel like it deserves more, because it is a very well-researched, well-written, entertaining historical novel. And yet, I had to put it down halfway. So, like a bad break up, I'll say: it's not you, it's me.The problem is definitely me. I like a clean romance. Or at most, a romance that occasionally hints at more and then swerves back to the story. What I don't like is a book that suddenly devotes chapters and chapters to di [...]


    • I would give more stars if I could! It was an absolutely marvelous book, even better than "I Am Livia" the first one. Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union for allowing me an ARC.Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus for more than 50 years, was one of the daughters the book was written about. The author, who has made Rome come to life in a vivid fashion for me, has made very long dead historical figures spring to life and tell their own stories.Living on the Palatine Hill also were Cleopatra Selene d [...]


    • I really enjoyed this book. I felt I was truly able to understand the motivations behind the actions of these three women. I wished that each of them could achieve their highest hopes, because I liked each of the characters. I understood and empathized with Julia's longing for love, both from a lover and her father, and felt her disappointments and confusion as she struggled with some inner battles. Through Livia's eyes, I could understand Augustus as a human figure. He was not the villain of th [...]


    • I picked up this book for a friend who's daughter asked if she could read it. I read it with a 12 year old in mind. I don't think that I would recommend it for a 12 year old because of the blunt speak about sex and lust. In that time period sex and arranged marriages were common for a 12 year old to know about but those are not normally things known to most 12 year old girls in the US. There were no colorful descriptions of the sex scenes but there were enough that I don't know if my friend woul [...]


    • Much of the reign of Augustus told from the viewpoint of three women: Livia, Augustus's wife; Julia, his wayward daughter; and the daughter of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. It stays fairly close to the sources, and conveys well an era in which, among the ruling class, people were expected to marry and divorce for political rather than emotional reasons. The novel ends with the exile to a small island of Julia after she becomes associated with disaffected aristocrats. I found the last quarter of th [...]


    • I DNFed I Am Livia after a couple chapters but this immediately worked better for me; the tone and tense wasn't as bothersome or young, and I liked the three different POVs. Cleopatra Selene was my favorite. I don't know much about this period in Roman history so it was very fascinating from that perspective. Good details. But on the whole I find the author's style somewhat lacking and dry. I didn't feel the emotions I expected to feel. And it was a little cut and dry. But I'm still glad I decid [...]


    • Intriguing and sympathetic fictionalized story of the lives of the wife, daughter and adopted daughter of Caesar Augustus during the mid-to-late portions of his reign. Includes a chilling portrayal of Tiberius, his son and designated heir.


    • This was an amazing book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rome after the rule of Julius Caesar. The book is based loosely on historical fact, but because so many things about that time are unknown or ill-recorded, the author did take some liberties. This was a fantastic, exciting novel.





    • ** Some spoilers **Augustus Caesar (once known as Tavius), Rome's first emperor, is surrounded by three powerful women: Livia, Tavius's wife and true love; Julia, Tavius's only child; and Cleopatra Selene (called Selene), Tavius's ward. Having just defeated the combined powers of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt and Mark Antony, the Roman turncoat, Tavius brings Cleopatra's children to Rome to take part in his triumph. At the mercy of the Roman emperor, Selene is given into the care of Octavia, the wif [...]


    • I am a lover of history. So it is to no surprise that my genre of choice is historical fiction. One of my favorite time periods to read about is Ancient Rome. In 'The Daughters of Palatine Hill', Phyllis T. Smith gives a voice to the women that helped shape the great empire that we know today.Their contemporaries, often depicted women with a hint of ambition as untrustworthy, conniving--villainous.Cleopatra Selene IIWe are dropped into the aftermath of Cleopatra and Mark Antony's demise. Their e [...]


    • I have always loved ancient Roman stories. This novel is a sequel of one by the same author about Livia (I Am Livia), wife of the Emperor Augustus (heir of Julius Caesar). Daughters of the Palatine Hill continues the story of Livia and Augustus and adds in the stories of Augustus' daughter, Julia, and Selene, the daughter of Marc Antony and Cleopatra. Where one daughter treads cautiously among her potential enemies, the other daughter foolishly flaunts her bad behavior.The treatment of women, es [...]


    • This work of fiction is written in biographical perspective of three women in the life of Augustus, the heir and adopted son of Julius Caesar. The author has successfully given life to characters with reference to various historical documentation available from the time, especially the detailed character explanation of the three women - Livia, Julia and Cleopatra Selene. As author has mentioned at the end of the book that it is difficult to find literature from that time which talks more about w [...]


    • Olvasmányos, fordulatos, méltó párja az Én, Liviának. Tetszett a váltott nézőpont, a három elbeszélő: Julia, Livia és Kleopátra Szeléné elég változatossá tették a történet fonalát, amiről nem lehet biztosra venni, valóban így zajlott-e, de elég hihetőnek tűnnek képzelt részei is. Juliát azt hiszem elég nehéz lehetett megírni, és úgy egyáltalán, nehéz lavírozni ebben a korban, amiről vannak ugyan feljegyzések, történelmi és politikai bizonyosságok, a [...]


    • This is really just a bad read. If you love this kind of history you’ll not only be disappointed by any semblance of accuracy but an awful portrayal of the characters. If you just like to read, again you’ll be disappointed because this book is just dreadful. The whole plot, if that’s what you can call it, is painfully anticlimactic. What bothered me the most was that these three women, strong figures in history, could not have been more poorly developed. It was just bad writing honestly. I [...]


    • I have always been a fan of historical fiction, and this book was not an exception, I enjoyed it immensely. I thought it to give a very interesting perspective with what may have happened with the Julia and Cleopatra Selene in Rome. It gave a glimpse into the past through thoughtful and engaging story telling. The book was a simple, maybe even an easy read, but none the less I didn’t want to put it down. Phyllis Smith was able to write a story that embraced the presiding culture of that time i [...]


    • This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a particularly good book, either. It doesn't live up to Smith's I am Livia, or to Michelle Moran's book on Cleopatra Selene. In fact, Cleopatra Selene could have been left out of this book entirely. It's so difficult to write three perspectives in one book. It doesn't help that I read this immediately after Kendare Blake's Three Dark Crowns, which does three perspectives rather well. Really, this book should have focused on Julia and the events of the last 1 [...]


    • I loved this author's book, I Am Livia. I liked this one a bit less. I felt the author did a good job fitting her story in with the known facts. I love the idea and execution of imaginging the lives of these women that we don't know much about. This was an enjoyable read. I listened to the audiobook which had multiple narrators. That worked out really well, because each character had her own voice.


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